On December 13, 1977, Danny Ainge, a freshman, scored 26 points during a 78-68 BYU victory over McNeese State, marking the beginning of an incredible show of consistency by the greatest to ever lace it up for the Cougars. It was Danny's 7th college basketball game. He wouldn't play another game at BYU without reaching at least 10 points or more. Ainge reached double figures in his first 5 games. He missed the 10 point mark against Cal State-Fullerton in his 6th game. Ainge "only" scored 8 points. That's right. Ainge scored at least 10 points in 118 of his 119 games for BYU. His streak was ended only by an Elite 8 loss to Ralph Samson's Virginia and NCAA eligibility. In total, Ainge would reach double figure scoring for 112 consecutive games. A mark only bested by LaSalle's Lionel Simmons 115 game streak — the NCAA record.
For reference, Brock Zylstra's longest streak was 2. Chase Fischer's longest double figures scoring streak is 5. Anson Winder's longest was 8. Jonathan Tavernari and Jackson Emery each reached 9. Keena Young hit 10 straight. Matt Carlino and Lee Cummard made it to 14. Trent Plaisted reached 15. Rafael Araujo 16. Noah Hartsock streaked to 19 games. Kyle Collinsworth had a 20-game streak. Brandon Davies longest was 22. The great, great Tyler Haws made it to 60. The terrific Michael Smith is 2nd all-time in consecutive double digit scoring games with 77 — 35 games short of Ainge.
Here's the list of BYU players who reached double figures in every game of a single season:
- John Fairchild (1964-65)
- Danny Ainge (1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81)
- Jeff Chatman (1987-88)
- Michael Smith (1987-88, 1988-89)
- Jimmer Fredette (2010-11)
- Tyler Haws (2013-14)
The good news for Nick Emery his consecutive games in double figures extends to 4. #QuestFor112.— Keith Shirts (@CougarCast) December 3, 2015
Nick Emery's 23 points signify his 6th consecutive game in double figures. #QuestFor112— Keith Shirts (@CougarCast) December 13, 2015
Nick Emery extends his double digit scoring streak to 7. #Questfor112— Keith Shirts (@CougarCast) December 19, 2015
Nick Emery extends his 10+ pts streak to 9 straight games in win over New Mexico. Ties him w/ Jonathan Tavernari's career long.#QuestFor112— Keith Shirts (@CougarCast) December 24, 2015
Nick Emery's hit 4 clutch free throws at end of game vs. UNI to finish with 11 points. 10 straight double digit scoring games. #QuestFor112— Keith Shirts (@CougarCast) December 26, 2015