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Grades for BYU's 94-66 victory over Weber State

Published: Thursday, July 30 2015 5:42 p.m. MDT

Craig Cusick of BYU, left, Jordan Richardson of WSU, right, move in as Logan Foster of WSU dives to the floor for a loose ball during men's NCAA basketball played in Provo, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Craig Cusick of BYU, left, Jordan Richardson of WSU, right, move in as Logan Foster of WSU dives to the floor for a loose ball during men's NCAA basketball played in Provo, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

PROVO — BYU put forth what may have been its best collective performance of the year, while Weber struggled, missing some key pieces in its lineup. BYU took an early lead that was never contested, winning 94-66.

Grades are in for each team's position group regarding its performance.

Front court

BYU: A-

Noah Hartsock, yet again, was the best player on the court. He got the Cougars started early with some early blocks and key shots, finishing the half with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He finished the game with 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Brandon Davies started off slow but came on during the latter part of the first half, finishing with a good effort. On the night, he put up 11 points and nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

BYU's Noah Hartsock goes up with the ball over Weber State's Darin Mahoney during an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Provo, Utah. (Associated Press) BYU's Noah Hartsock goes up with the ball over Weber State's Darin Mahoney during an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Provo, Utah. (Associated Press)

Nate Austin continued with his surprising play, coming off the bench to provide energy, 15 points, 9 rebounds, and yet another three-point basket.

Weber State: C+

Kyle Tresnak had a very productive first half, but disappeared for much of the second. He finished with 11 points, but only six rebounds, allowing BYU's front court too many second-chance points.

His backup, Jame Hajek, wasn't able to make an impact, finishing with four points and only one rebound.

Wings

BYU: A

Brock Zylstra continued his solid play since being moved back to his more-natural wing position. He sparked the Cougars early and finished with 15 points, including 3-5 from three-point range. Maybe most importantly, he helped shut down Weber star Damian Lillard with some great defensive pressure throughout.

Noah Hartsock of BYU, Brandon Davies of BYU and Charles Abouo of BYU celebrate as Davies makes a shot against Weber State as he was fouled during men's NCAA basketball played in Provo, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Noah Hartsock of BYU, Brandon Davies of BYU and Charles Abouo of BYU celebrate as Davies makes a shot against Weber State as he was fouled during men's NCAA basketball played in Provo, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Charles Abouo had a slow start but stepped it up big in the second half, finishing with 15 points and 3-4 from the arc. Like Zylstra, he provided good defensive pressure, limiting Weber's opportunities.

Stephen Rogers did most of his work in the second half, finishing with 15 points.

Weber State: C-

The Wildcats had to go without the injured Kyle Bullinger, and struggled at the wing positions as a result. Scott Bamforth was able to spark the team early, but dropped off during the later stages of the first half and into the second half. He was able to finish with 14 points but also accounted for four turnovers.

Otis Frank was hurt early and wasn't able to play but for seven minutes, which no doubt had a negative effect at the position.

The BYU bench cheers as Stephen Rogers runs by after dunking the basketball against Weber State during men's NCAA basketball played in Provo, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) The BYU bench cheers as Stephen Rogers runs by after dunking the basketball against Weber State during men's NCAA basketball played in Provo, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Darin Moheney and Byron Fulton were able to contribute six points apiece but were unable to limit the Cougars on the defensive end.

Point

BYU: B+

Anson Winder struggled early but played a steady game after he re-entered the game late in the first half. He finished with no points, missing on all three of his shots, but also accounted for zero turnovers.

Craig Cusick had a very good game, providing productive play when he entered the game early for Winder. BYU was able to build its lead right after he took the court. He finished the game with no points but seven assists and most importantly, no turnovers.

Weber State: C

The Wildcats needed a huge game from Lillard, and they didn't get it. The Weber State star didn't have a bad game, but he was much too quiet, finishing with just 15 points.

Nate Austin of BYU, left, and James Hajek of WSU fight for the ball during men's NCAA basketball played in Provo, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Nate Austin of BYU, left, and James Hajek of WSU fight for the ball during men's NCAA basketball played in Provo, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

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