Just before the opening tipoff of the BYU men's basketball 92-60 blowout win over Longwood Friday night's, Cougar senior guard/forward Charles Abouo noticed something was wrong.

His shorts were on backwards.

At that point, however, it was too late so he just went out and tried to distract everyone by playing one of the best games of his career.

It didn't work and he sheepishly admitted after the contest that he wasn't going to let it happen again - but after pouring in 19 points and grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds, it didn't really matter.

"Those 16 boards were really important for us," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "That's something we need from him. He has so much athletic ability and tonight I thought he broke out. He felt comfortable playing the role that we need him to be in."

Abouo said his success was a result of his desire to play hard and help the team improve.

"We wanted to come out with a lot of effort," he explained. "Our coaches emphasized the importance of coming out tonight and getting better. Everyone came out and played hard tonight."

He said the big rebounding numbers were a result of a solid defensive game plan that forced the Lancers into a lot of misses.

"The more you make a team miss, the more rebounds there are," Abouo said. "I just tried to track them down."

While the points (which came on 6-of-9 shooting) and the rebounds were the highlight, Abouo also added four assists and led the team with two steals - all in just 27 minutes of play.

Rose said that he thinks the scoring will improve more as Abouo continues to improve his all-around game.

"That will come as he plays the defense and rebounds like we need him to," the Cougar head coach said. "I was pleased with his energy and the way he attacked at both ends of the floor."

Abouo said that he doesn't consider rebounding, scoring or any other specific area his particular role for BYU, but that those come as a result of a team working together.

"We just want to come out ready to compete," he said. "The roles play themselves out. We just want to help each other as much as we can."

Abouo proved Friday night that there will be times this season that he can be the go-to guy. With his athleticism, he's the type of player that can change a game with his aggressiveness.

But the senior's not going to be the guy for the Cougars - and Rose basically said he doesn't have to be.

The Cougars are going to need scoring and defensive contributions from a lot of players this season. On Tuesday night, that role belonged to junior Brandon Davies. Friday, it was Abouo. Next week it might be Stephen Rogers or Noah Hartsock or Brock Zylstra.

This BYU squad will have to be a team effort or it will be a long season.

But if Abouo can enjoy the same type of success consistently on the glass, he's going to give his team a huge boost.

Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. He can also be followed on Twitter at @JaredrLloyd.