PROVO — Among the many things that went right for BYU in its 91-33 demolition of San Diego last Saturday was the play of freshman guard Zac Seljaas.
Against the Toreros, Seljaas scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers. It was his highest-scoring game since pouring in 20 against San Francisco on Jan. 9.
Seljaas has been dealing with a shoulder injury for a few weeks but looked healthy Saturday.
“It’s good to see Zac back after that shoulder’s been hurting him for a couple of weeks,” said coach Dave Rose. “He looked a lot better in practice (Friday). (Saturday) he was back to his normal self. Hopefully that’s a sign of good things to come.”
Asked about his shoulder Saturday, Seljaas said, “I feel it’s 100 percent right now.”
Another freshman guard, Nick Emery, scored a game-high 17 points Saturday. Both Emery and Seljaas are key contributors for the Cougars.
Emery is No. 1 all-time with 3-pointers in a season for a freshman with 73. Seljaas ranks No. 2 all-time in that category with 49.
“Being on Nick’s side, we’ve kind of gone up together with our confidence,” Seljaas said. “Being freshman at the very start and working our way up to right now where we have the same confidence and we’re a part of the team, just like everyone else.”
Rose is impressed with the type of year Emery has turned in so far.
“He’s had a special freshman season before last weekend (in the Bay Area where Emery scored 68 points in two games)," Rose said. "He’s doing some things very few freshmen here have ever done before. Nick’s a very unique individual. Nobody pushes Nick harder than Nick. He wanted more. He wanted to be better. He wanted to find a place he’s been before. I’ve seen him score almost 30 points in a half in a high school game. He can really put up points. I’m glad he was able to feel that and hopefully that confidence we can manage how that fits with rest of our team going forward.”
FABULOUS FEBRUARY: BYU has posted a 5-1 record in the month of February. Rose has a 62-14 record in games played in February since becoming the Cougars’ head coach.
The Cougars (21-8, 12-4) have also won seven of their last eight games.
TIP-INS: Emery set a career high with nine rebounds Saturday. He also recorded his 24th game in double figures, tied for third-most by a freshman at BYU. He also drilled at least 3 3-pointers in a game for the 14th time this season, extending his Cougar freshman record Guard Kyle Collinsworth made his 123rd career start Saturday, tied with Randy Reid for 2nd-most starts in school history. It was also his 132nd career game played, tied for eighth with Jonathan Tavernari.