Cougars, Utes back in hoops action

Nov 15 2012 - 10:25pm

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After sweeping the first two games of the season at the Marriott Center, BYU men's basketball will take on Florida State tonight in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Game time is 5 p.m. BYU will then play either Notre Dame or St. Joseph's on Saturday.

The Cougars defeated Georgia State on Wednesday, opening up the game with a 31-2 run to run away and win 80-62. Brandon Davies scord 28 points and Tyler Haws added 22 for the 2-0 Cougars.

Florida State is 1-1 on the young season. Michael Snarr leads FSU in scoring with a 14.5 points per game average.

Thursday, BYU coach Dave Rose announced that prep players Nick Emery (Lone Peak High), Jakob Hartsock (Bartlesville, Okla.), Eric Mika (Lone Peak), Braiden Shaw (Eagle, Idaho), and Luke Worthington (Homestead, Wisc.) have signed national letters of intent to play for the Cougars.

Rose also announced that Kyle Collinsworth will return to BYU next summer after the completion of his two-year LDS Church mission.

"Our staff and current players are extremely excited about this group of student-athletes that have signed today," Rose said.

* UTAH HOSTS HORNETS: The Utah men's basketball squad will host Sacramento State tonight at the Huntsman Center, the first-ever meting between the two schoosl.

Sac State defeated UC Merced 96-62 in its season debut, then topped CSU Bakersfield 85-67 on Wednesday.

Sacramento State's top scorer and rebounder in its season-opener was senior forward John Dickson, who posted 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Dylan Garrity dished out a game-high nine assists.

Utah is coming off a 104-47 victory over Willamette Friday. The Utes hit the 100-point mark for the first time since 1995.

Freshman forward Jordan Loveridge posted team-highs of 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as he became the first Utah freshman since Andrew Bogut to put up a double-double in his collegiate debut.

* DIXIE STATE ADDS SAWYER: Dixie State College men's basketball has signed former West Jordan High standout and Snow College point guard Mason Sawyer to a letter of intent on Wednesday.

Sawyer is presently serving a mission for the LDS Church but will attend Dixie State in the fall of 2013. Sawyer originally signed to play basketball at Boise State, but attended Snow College for his freshman year after a coaching change in the Broncos program.

In Ephraim, Sawyer averaged 11.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

He was top-10 in the region in free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, assists and steals.

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