Chase Fischer

Former Wake Forest guard Chase Fischer transferring to BYU

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Former Wake Forest guard Chase Fischer has found a new home, as the sophomore and West Virginia-native announced on Friday that he has committed to play for BYU and head coach Dave Rice according to a report from KSL.

Fischer was a captain for the Demon Deacons this past season, but saw his minutes decline dramtically from his freshman year. The 6-3 guard averaged 4.5 points per game during the 2012-13 season and will sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules. Fischer will have two seasons of eligibility remaining for BYU.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise — even to Fischer himself — as Provo, Utah is across the country from Fischer’s east coast roots. But it was the persistence of former Wake Forest assistant and current BYU assistant Mark Pope that helped pave the way for Fischer’s commitment.

“Coach Pope called me after the Final Four,” Fischer said. “It was kind of out of the blue for me. I hadn’t talked to Coach Pope in a while and it was a Utah (phone) number, and I was kind of shocked when he called me. And It just kind of went from there.”

Although Fischer’s minutes declined by nearly 12 a game from his freshman to sophomore season, he did shoot 42% from the three-point line in 2012-13 and should give BYU another weapon on the perimeter when he is eligible in 2014-15.

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POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown:

Niang, Morris lead No. 14 Iowa State past No. 24 Texas

Iowa State forward Georges Niang drives past Texas guard Tevin Mack, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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After falling at Texas Tech for the second straight season midweek, No. 14 Iowa State needed to bounce back with No. 24 Texas visiting Hilton Coliseum. The return of Jameel McKay, who was suspended for two games, certainly helped the Cyclones and the play of Georges Niang and Monte Morris was key as well. But the biggest difference on this night was the fact that Iowa State was able to limit the effectiveness of Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor.

 

Taylor scored just nine points on 3-for-14 shooting from the field, and with Morris and Niang scoring 24 points apiece the Cyclones won by the final score of 85-75.

Taylor had multiple opportunities to make plays around the basket thanks to his ability to beat defenders off the bounce, but he struggled to finish. Add in a 0-for-4 night from three, and Texas’ most dangerous offensive option was unable to duplicate his performance in the first meeting between the two teams. In Texas’ 94-91 overtime win over the Cyclones January 12, Taylor scored 28 points and dished out six assists with just one turnover, shooting 11-for-17 from the field.

Four Longhorns finished in double figures, with Tevin Mack and Javan Felix scoring 18 apiece, but with Morris decisively winning the point guard matchup Texas was unable to pick up the win on the road.

For Iowa State the aforementioned tandem of Morris and Niang performed as they did in the first meeting, which should come as no surprise. What helped them, especially when it came to Texas attacking the basket, was the presence of McKay. McKay finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 22 minutes of action, and to have their best interior defender back on the floor certainly helped the Cyclones on this night.

With their lack of depth Iowa State’s margin for error is small, especially when it comes to foul trouble, injuries and disciplinary reasons. Even with Texas’ size advantage Iowa State outscored them in the paint 48-34, and McKay’s defensive ability factored into that. The Cyclones can put points on the board with the best of them, but at some point they’ll need to string together stops as the games get even bigger.

Iowa State managed to do that down the stretch, with Morris and Niang running the show offensively. And that’s a good formula to be able to rely upon as the season approaches its most important month.