BYU notebook: Cougars still missing Rogers

Published: Saturday, Feb. 11 2012 8:50 p.m. MST

PROVO — With Stephen Rogers and Brock Zylstra out with injuries, BYU coach Dave Rose is turning to other players to contribute off the bench.

One of those in Saturday's 86-48 victory over Pepperdine was freshman Damarcus Harrison, who scored six points, grabbed two rebounds and had two steals in 20 minutes of action.

It's the most playing time he's seen since logging 21 minutes against Cal State San Marcos on Dec. 27.

"When you get into the game after not playing a lot, you've just got to make the most out of those minutes you get," Harrison said.

While Harrison made just 2-of-10 shots against the Waves, he is filling a void, with Rogers and Zylstra sidelined.

Coach Dave Rose said that if he had known that Rogers, who is nursing a knee injury, would be out this long, he would have done things differently.

"If there's a couple of things that I could re-do, that would be one of them," Rose said. "I kind of coached this team for two or three weeks thinking Stephen was going to come back and hoping he was coming back. He tried to come back, and it just didn't work. We might be a little bit deeper if we had coached this team knowing he was going to be out for 3-5 weeks."

Added Rose: "I still have a lot of confidence that (Rogers) can come back and help this team. We'll put him out there and see how he responds. We need him at full strength."

Zylstra, who suffered an ankle injury last week at Portland, warmed up before the game, but did not play.

"He wanted to play. (Trainer) Rob (Ramos) thought it would be better if he didn't play as far as his ability to help us next week," Rose said. "Brock's a competitor, a tough guy. He doesn't like being hurt. He wants to get back as soon as he can. I'm glad we were able to rest him to give him a couple more days (of rest). Hopefully we'll have him next week."

FINAL COUNTDOWN: Seniors Charles Abouo and Noah Hartsock have just one home game remaining in their careers — on Feb. 25 against Portland.

"It really hasn't hit me yet," said Abouo, who scored 23 points against Pepperdine. "Maybe in two weeks it will. It's been awesome to play at the Marriott Center. It hasn't sunk in yet that there's just one game left. But we'll make the best of it."

HART-BLOCK: Hartsock blocked three shots Saturday to eclipse Russell Larson for third place in career blocks at BYU.

Hartsock now has 167 blocks, and trails Shawn Bradley (177) and Greg Kite (208).

email: jeffc@desnews.com

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