BYU Overcomes Setbacks for Win

BYU Overcomes Setbacks for Win

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CANNES, France (Aug. 23, 2007) -- Led by Jonathan Tavernari's 24 points, five Cougars scored in double figures Thursday night in Cannes to help BYU achieve its fourth win in as many games on its tour of France.

The victory over National 2-level Golfe-Juan, however, did not come as easily as the 89-68 final score might suggest. The Cougars had to overcome an early deficit and an injury to star Trent Plaisted to improve to 4-0 on their foreign trip.

A veteran, good-shooting team, Golfe-Juan jumped out to an early lead by scoring the first eight points of the game while the Cougars failed to convert on their first four shot attempts. It took the remainder of the quarter for the Cougars to erase the deficit and pull even at 18-18.

In the second quarter BYU claimed the lead but suffered another setback as Plaisted came down with an injured ankle after going for a rebound with two minutes left in the half. The 6-foot-11 All-Mountain West Conference performer is questionable for BYU's final game of the tour on Friday.

Thankfully for BYU, the start of the second half was nothing like the start of the game. After taking a 40-34 advantage into halftime, the Cougars returned from the break on a tear, scoring 17 of the half's first 20 points to lead 57-37 with five minutes to go in the third quarter. Golfe-Juan cut BYU's lead to 12 points with six minutes remaining in the game but wasn't able to get any closer.

Joining Tavernari with double-digit points were senior Sam Burgess (15), junior Lee Cummard (15), senior Ben Murdock (12) and junior Gavin MacGregor (12). Plaisted, who averaged 20.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in BYU's first three games, had an injury-shortened eight-point, four-rebound night.

Taking advantage of increased playing time, MacGregor provided valuable production for the Cougars in the post. The 6-foot-9 junior pulling down 12 rebounds and converted 5-of-6 shots toward his 12 points. Sophomore Chris Miles added four rebounds and two points inside for BYU.

While Tavernari continues to fill the nets, averaging a team-leading 23 points over four games, Cummard and Burgess have been a productive tandem on the wing. Cummard, who has made 65 percent of his shots on the trip, shared rebounding honors Thursday with MacGregor for his third double-double in four outings. Burgess, who has scored in double figures all four games, added six rebounds and a team-high five assists along with Cummard and Murdock, who made a team-best three treys.

The Cougars finish their foreign trip Friday night in Monaco against National 2 AS Monaco.

BYU Stats

Player Name FG 3PT FT Rebounds Assists TO Points Jonathan Tavenari 9/19 2/7 4/5 0 3 0 24 Lee Cummard 6/8 1/3 2/2 12 5 3 15 Sam Burgess 7/16 0/6 1/1 6 5 4 15 Ben Murdock 4/9 3/5 1/2 4 5 1 12 Gavin McGregor 5/6 0/0 2/4 12 0 0 12 Trent Plaisted 4/7 0/0 0/0 4 1 0 8 Chris Miles 1/5 0/0 0/2 4 0 4 2 Chase Ulicny 0/2 0/1 1/2 1 2 1 1

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