Dastrup announces transfer from BYU basketball to Oregon State

Former BYU basketball forward Payton Dastrup has decided to transfer to Oregon State University, Dastrup announced on Instagram Monday night. He announced he would transfer from BYU in May. Dastrup, a 6-foot-10 forward from Mesa, Arizona, played for the Cougars for two years. He has two years of eligibility remaining. With much consideration, and pondering, […]

BYU men’s basketball announces home-and-home series with former MWC opponent

BYU men’s basketball has agreed to a home-and-home game series with former Mountain West Coast opponent San Diego State, the teams announced Tuesday afternoon. The teams will first meet at San Diego State in Viejas Arena on Dec. 22, 2018. In 2019, San Diego State will travel to the Marriott Center for the second game in […]

Bryant announces end to BYU career to pursue professional basketball dreams

BYU basketball guard Elijah Bryant is leaving BYU to pursue his professional basketball dreams, Bryant announced on his vlog Wednesday. “As a little kid, it was always my dream to play in the NBA,” Bryant said in a YouTube video. “And now is my opportunity to fulfill that dream. I am honored to say that […]

BYU basketball hits reset button for WCC Tournament

Preseason games are through. Conference games are over. Now basketball teams around the country push the reset button as they make a final run for inclusion in the 68-team NCAA Tournament. BYU’s basketball team is no different. As the Cougars head down to Las Vegas ranked No. 3 in the West Coast Conference Tournament, they […]

Gonzaga’s offensive prowess too much for BYU basketball

BYU basketball came out battling for one last regular-season win Saturday night. Unfortunately, BYU couldn’t put together two halfs to make that fight count. Gonzaga, the now crowned regular-season West Coast Conference champions, took down BYU 79–65 in a sold out Marriott Center. “We competed with them in stretches, but they had several guys step […]

Four Cougars score in double digits in win over Santa Clara

BYU basketball used every member of its team to beat Santa Clara 80–58 in the Marriott Center Thursday night. After struggling to get points from the bench last week, nine of BYU’s players scored for the Cougars. Four Cougars scored in double digits: Yoeli Childs (20), TJ Haws (14), Elijah Bryant (14),  and Dalton Nixon (12). “I […]

BYU basketball channeling confidence in comeback week

One loss always hurts a team, but back-to-back losses inevitably cut deeper. Last week, BYU basketball suffered two losses: one to then-No.12/14 Gonzaga and the other to Loyola Marymount, a team that was sitting at the bottom of the West Coast Conference. A 15 percent shooting night in Spokane, Washington against conference foe Gonzaga may have […]

Second half surge earns BYU basketball win over Pacific

BYU basketball stumbled through the first half then returned with an offensive vengeance in the second half to secure a 80–65 win over Pacific Saturday night in the Marriott Center. “It was a battle all the way to the end,” said BYU coach Dave Rose. “It’s going to look like a 15-point game on the […]

BYU basketball survives aggressive Loyola Marymount defense

BYU basketball started out hot, but cooled off in its 82–67 win over Loyola Marymount Thursday night in the Marriott Center. In the first half, it was raining threes. Then in the second half, it was raining fouls — or at least the refs were dishing out the foul calls. But when teams are playing […]

Dave Rose must expect the unexpected with BYU basketball roster each year

It could be called the coach’s shuffle. Each season, BYU coach Dave Rose comes into a season with a full roster, which includes 13 scholarship players and two non-scholarship players. Then the season happens and like magic his players disappear. But after 12 years as the head basketball coach at BYU and more than 20 […]

Bryant and Childs carry Cougars past Pepperdine in bounce-back win

After a series of close-call games, BYU got a break with a solid 20-point win over Pepperdine Thursday night. BYU bounced back from Saturday’s loss to beat Pepperdine 83-63 in the Marriott Center. While nine of BYU’s 10 players scored, BYU junior Elijah Bryant and BYU sophomore Yoeli Childs carried the majority of the Cougars’ […]

BYU basketball resetting mindset after lose

For a team that won nine-straight games, eight leading into conference play, BYU has slipped. In the first two weeks of conference, the Cougars have split the week with one win and one loss. After the loss to Pacific, BYU (13-4, 2-2 WCC) is tied at the middle of the West Coast Conference rankings along with […]

BYU basketball steadily improving, ready to bounce back from loss

BYU basketball was on a nine-game winning streak until Saint Mary’s showed up in Provo on Saturday. Despite leading the majority of the game, the Cougars lost 74–64 to the Gaels in overtime. The loss was disappointing, but BYU coach Dave Rose said the game “gives us a good benchmark of where we are.” Last season, the […]

BYU bests UVU in game that was polar opposite of last year’s Crosstown Clash

It was a cruel twist of fate for UVU and sweet piece of revenge for BYU at the UCCU Center Wednesday night. BYU men’s basketball (5–2) team bested UVU 85–58 in a game of opposites to last year’s UCCU Crosstown Clash. Besides the obvious difference — that the Cougars won this year — the roles […]

Bryant shines in BYU basketball season-opener, but poised Cougars win as a team

Poise and patience led the BYU basketball team to perform how they practice in the season-opener against Mississippi Valley State. It’s those fundamentals the Cougars can credit for topping the Delta Devils 91–61 and starting off the season 1–0. “You always want to get that first win,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said. “It’s important […]

BYU uses full eligible roster in dominant win over Colorado College

BYU basketball easily dominated Colorado College in its 95–35 win Wednesday night at the Marriott Center. While the final exhibition game may not have been exciting to watch, BYU coach Dave Rose was grateful for the opportunity it provided him to play all 11 eligible and healthy members of his young basketball team. “At 4 […]

Childs shows dominance and diversity in BYU basketball win over Westminster

Yoeli Childs is taking the responsibility of replacing former BYU center Eric Mika to heart. Childs earned a double-double — 25 points and 14 rebounds — in BYU basketball’s 76–62 win over Westminster Wednesday night. “I thought that was one of our really bright spots,” BYU coach Dave Rose said about Childs’ performance. “Our guys […]

Nick Emery will play in exhibition games pending NCAA ruling on eligibility

BYU junior Nick Emery will continue to play in BYU basketball’s exhibition games until the NCAA makes a ruling on Emery’s eligibility, BYU coach Dave Rose said Tuesday evening. Last week, The Salt Lake Tribune broke the news that Emery was under investigation for allegedly accepting gifts from a BYU booster. Rose said he’d “love to […]

Former BYU basketball center Eric Mika signs with Italian club

Former BYU standout Eric Mika signed with the Pallancestro Pesaro, an Italian basketball club. Pesaro is part of the Lega Basket Serie A, the top league in Italy. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound center is returning to the country where he and his wife, Gabrielle, both served their missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When Mika […]

BYU basketball announces nonconference schedule for 2017–18 season

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose announced the Cougars’ nonconference schedule for the 2017–18 season on Tuesday afternoon. As part of its nonconference schedule, BYU will play four in-state opponents: Utah, Utah Valley University, Utah State and Weber State. Of these in-state competitions, the Cougars first take on UVU, a team that upset the Cougars last […]

It’s official: Eric Mika hires agent, will remain in NBA Draft

BYU forward Eric Mika announced on Tuesday that he will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, which brings his time playing for BYU basketball to a close. “My wife and I are excited for the next step in this journey and we know it’s just one among many,” Mika said in […]