BYU basketball report card: Winder steps up as Cougars rout Broncos
BYU was so dominant in the first half versus Santa Clara on Saturday night that coach Dave Rose was able to rest his best player nearly the entire second half.
That’s right, Anson Winder played just one minute of the final 20.
After Tyler Haws picked up two fouls in less than a minute to start the game, all Winder did was come in and put up 16 points in 19 minutes, baffling Santa Clara by knocking down shots all over the court. He also grabbed three rebounds, handed out an assist and played smothering defense.
Ultimately, one half from Winder was all the Cougars needed to run away with a solid 91-81 road win over Santa Clara.
Overall, the Cougars were as dialed in as they’ve been all season, shooting an incredible 61.5 percent, diving for loose balls and playing an effective mix of man and zone defense to keep the Broncos guessing.
Dominating at Santa Clara, a team that won at Saint Mary’s just nine days ago, validates the improvement BYU has been showing in 2014.
Here are the grades for each BYU position group and other aspects of the game.
Will the real Anson Winder please stand up? Stand up, as in get off the bench and play more. BYU is a better team in several aspects with Winder on the court instead of Haws. There’s no question Haws is a better shooter, but Winder is a better defender and passer and at least an equal rebounder.
He deserves more minutes. He has deserved more minutes all season.
Speaking of earning minutes, Carlino was phenomenal off the bench for the Cougars with nine assists and zero turnovers to go along with 15 efficient points. Over his last four games, Carlino is now averaging 15 points, five assists and just one turnover while making 17-of-32 shots, including 10-of-18 3-pointers.
Since Carlino started coming off the bench to begin the new year, BYU has won five straight.
Speaking of hot stretches, Collinsworth just keeps looking better as conference play continues. Saturday night he led the team in points with 18, rebounds with seven and steals with three. He also had four assists.
It is difficult to dispute that Collinsworth has been BYU’s MVP in conference play. Through seven games, he is averaging about 16 points, five assists, eight rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot per game. He is also shooting over 60 percent from the field, nearly as well as his 67 percent from the foul line. He could still stand to improve from the stripe and in turnovers, averaging three miscues per game.
As already pointed out, Haws played less than a minute in the first half versus Santa Clara. He played nearly the entire second half, however, and was quite effective. He had 16 points on just eight shot attempts, along with one rebound and a season-high three assists.
Skyler Halford wasn’t too shabby either versus the Broncos, making 4-of-5 shots and both of his heaves from long distance.
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All season, BYU has won or lost with its guard play, and Saturday night was no different.
There is no way Eric Mika should have led the team in shot attempts versus the Broncos. He made a few nice plays, running the floor for layups, but when the ball was thrown to him in the post, it was generally not a pretty picture. He had four turnovers to go along with six boards, two assists and 10 points.
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