PROVO — Around 3,650 fans got their first glimpse of the 2012-2013 men's basketball team during the team's annual tip-off to the season. The exhibition saw the blue team, headlined by Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino beat the white team, 84-70.
The team has now scrimmaged against one another eleven times this season, but the tip-off provided their first opportunity to do so in front of fans and under the lights. The exhibition offered a lot of positives mixed with some negatives for coach Dave Rose.
Chief among the positives was the way the team moved the ball around the floor.
"This was really good for our group of guys," said Rose about the exhibition. "I think our film evaluation tonight and tomorrow will really help our team. There's a lot of things here that stand out on the stat sheet ... the one thing that I can say I liked watching the game was how we moved the ball."
Carlino set a good pace early and finished with 19 points and eight assists which is around the numbers Rose would like to see him at consistently. Together with Haws, who had a game high 26 points, the blue team maintained a good pace throughout.
"It's really good to get back in the Marriott Center and be back in this atmosphere again," said Haws. "It was really exciting to get out there, and run up and down the floor. It's good to be back."
Haws showed the same consistent mid-range game and free-throw shooting that made him a standout on the team as a true freshman. He finished with 9-17 shooting from the field, 2-3 shooting from 3-point range and 6-6 shooting from the stripe.
Brandon Davies led the white team for one half before sitting out the entire second half after sustaining two hard fouls. Davies finished with 20 points and seven rebounds in just one half of play.
"I really wanted to play (in the second half), but coaches thought it would be in the best interest of the team to sit out," said Davies. "We're out there and we compete -- we play hard no matter who we're playing against."
Newcomers Raul Delgado and Agustin Ambrosino both had their moments and seemed to settle down and perform better the longer the game went.
"I saw two guys who are really confident in their ability to play right now," said Rose about Delgado and Ambrosino. "(Ambrosino) gets 17 (points), which will help his confidence and Raul (Delgado) gets 14...they made their share of defensive and offensive mistakes, but they're confident in their ability to attack and score."
The play of the game was provided by Josh Sharp who threw down a monster dunk over Ambrosino midway through the second half. The thunderous, one-handed dunk brought the Marriott center and both benches to their feet.
"He catches you sleeping," said Davies about Sharp's dunk. "He'll put one on your head."
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