PROVO — There was no buzzer-beater this time.
Thanks to 53 points from Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth, BYU avenged last year’s one-point home loss to Saint Mary’s by defeating the Gaels 84-71 on Saturday night.
It was the Cougars’ first time beating Saint Mary’s since they joined the West Coast Conference 2½ years ago.
Here are grades for BYU’s guards, big men and coaches.
Haws did it again. After starting the game 0 for 4, the 6-foot-5 junior poured in 33 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 2 of 4 from downtown. He also sank 11 of 12 free throws.
What’s more, Haws’ two 3s were clutch. The first tied the game at 35 with 1:23 remaining in the first half, while the second gave the Cougars a two-point lead early in the second.
Collinsworth also put together a strong performance. He collected 20 points (which tied his career high) with nine rebounds to boot.
Carlino struggled once again with his shot, going 3 for 9, but he played solid help defense. Plus his layup at the 13:46 mark gave BYU a five point advantage and impelled the Gaels to call timeout.
BYU’s 4s and 5s didn’t have the greatest first half. Defensively, they struggled to stop Brad Waldow, and offensively, they hardly put the leather sphere through the metal cylinder.
But in the second half, the big fellas — especially Nate Austin and Eric Mika — made some big-time plays which ultimately frustrated Waldow and his teammates.
By the time the final buzzer sounded, Austin and Mika had combined for 11 points, 12 boards and four swats.
After falling behind early, Coach Rose made some strong adjustments.
By having his wings double team on the low block, for instance, the Cougars were able to slow down Waldow (in the end, he shot below 50 percent and turned the ball over six times) and chip away at the deficit.
Also, for the first time in a long time, his team’s perimeter D held its own. The Gaels finished just 5 of 18 (27.8 percent) from 3-point territory.
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If there’s one thing Rose still needs to do, it’s talk to Carlino about being more of a facilitator than a scorer. The junior point guard is now 5 of 20 — including 2 of 9 from behind the arc — in his last three outings.
Jared Bray is a contributing writer for the Deseret News. He also reports in English and Tagalog (a language he picked up while serving a two-year church mission in the Philippines) for The Filipino Channel's nightly news program "Balitang America."