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Plenty of late-night tipoffs for Cougars

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 11:20 p.m. MST

Brigham Young Cougars center Eric Mika competes for the rebound with Santa Clara Broncos guard Jared Brownridge (23) during NCAA action in Provo  Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars center Eric Mika competes for the rebound with Santa Clara Broncos guard Jared Brownridge (23) during NCAA action in Provo Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO — BYU is getting used to these late tipoffs.

The Cougars find themselves in a stretch where they are playing at 9 p.m. MST in three of four games.

Last Saturday’s contest against Saint Mary’s and Thursday’s game against Santa Clara both tipped off at 9 p.m. The Cougars visit Pacific next Thursday for a 9 p.m. showdown.

“Last week probably wasn’t as tough as this week because we (had) a late game on Thursday, then a game on Saturday," said coach Dave Rose. "Last week we played a late Saturday game, but we had Sunday off.”

How do the late starts affect the way Rose gets his team ready to play?

Brigham Young Cougars \Nate Auston,  Eric Mika and Tyler Haws celebrate a dunk  during NCAA action in Provo  Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars \Nate Auston, Eric Mika and Tyler Haws celebrate a dunk during NCAA action in Provo Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

For late games, Rose pushes back game-day shootarounds accordingly.

“It’s actually probably better,” Rose said. “Instead of a 1:15 shootaround, we have a 3:15 shootaround. Most of the guys have class at 1 p.m.”

MILESTONE GAME: Thursday night’s game against Santa Clara marked Rose’s 300th as BYU's head coach. He was aiming for his 225th victory.

NOTES: Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attended Thursday's game. … BYU freshman Luke Worthington tied his career high in the first half with four points. … Tyler Haws moved past former Cougar Brandon Davies for eighth all-time in free throws made. Haws had 458 while Davies had 456. … Haws has scored in double figures in 38 straight games — the seventh-longest all-time streak at BYU. That broke a tie with Bernie Fryer.

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