BYU basketball notebook: Cougars set several records over weekend

Published: Sunday, Feb. 5 2012 9:00 p.m. MST

PROVO — It was a record-setting weekend for BYU in the Pacific Northwest.

The Cougars broke single-game school records for free throws attempted (53) and steals (18) in their 79-60 victory over Portland Saturday night.

The previous record for free throw attempts was 52 against Weber State in 1997. The previous record for steals was 17, which happened three times, against Southern (2009), Colorado State (2006) and James Madison (1990).

BYU (20-6 overall, 8-3 in the West Coast Conference) also recorded its seventh consecutive 20-win season, which is another school record. In the previous six seasons under coach Dave Rose, the Cougars have posted records of 20-9, 25-9, 27-8, 25-8, 30-6, and 32-5.

Meanwhile, forward Brandon Davies came close to recording a rare triple-double, with 18 points, 13 rebounds and eight steals.

The Cougars' next game is Saturday (4 p.m., MST, BYUtv), when they host Pepperdine. BYU has five regular-season games remaining before going to the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas, which tips off at the end of the month.

The goal for this week?

"I think there's a lot of things we can get better at," said Rose.

While records fell last Saturday, most of the Cougars' 3-point attempts did not. BYU hit only 3-of-16 from behind the arc against Portland, and the Cougars are shooting an abysmal 17-of-101 in their last six games.

"Everyone knows that they're good shooters. We're missing a few shots, but all the guys are confident," said guard Craig Cusick, who hit two of BYU's three 3-pointers against the Pilots. "We're playing with confidence. Shots will continue to go in. The percentages haven't been there the last few games, but hopefully we can get that going, because we have great shooters on this team."

"We're dangerous from the outside, still, even though they haven't been falling for us lately," said Davies.

SEEING BLUE: A sizable contingent of BYU fans were part of the crowd of 4,159 at the Chiles Center.

The Cougars were grateful for the strong turnout from the fans.

"We got a lot of support. We've got to thank all of our fans out there because it was incredible," Cusick said. "It was almost like a home game for us with all of the great fan support. They were everywhere. We really appreciate that."

INJURY UPDATE: Guard Brock Zylstra sprained his ankle in the first half of Saturday's game. At halftime, trainers taped up the ankle and Zylstra played most of the second half. He finished with 12 points and five rebounds.

Forward Stephen Rogers (knee) is expected to be sidelined for another two or three weeks, Rose said.

"It's not a situation where we can sit around and wait for him, so we're going to have to develop a rotation that we can depend on for the next two or three weeks," Rose said.

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