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BYU basketball report card: Cougars give UMass an early Christmas

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 5 2015 6:46 a.m. MDT

BYU's Kyle Collinsworth, left, and Nate Austin, center, and Massachusetts' Maxie Esho, right, gesture after an official's call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. Massachusetts won 105-96. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (Jessica Hill, AP) BYU's Kyle Collinsworth, left, and Nate Austin, center, and Massachusetts' Maxie Esho, right, gesture after an official's call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. Massachusetts won 105-96. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (Jessica Hill, AP)

In a matchup of top 10 RPI teams, BYU, ranked ninth, put up little resistance on the road against No. 1 Massachusetts Saturday afternoon. The Cougars never got closer than seven points the final 15 minutes and trailed by double-digits for a majority of the second half before ultimately losing, 105-96.

Christmas appeared to have come early for the Minutemen in the form of the BYU defense.

The Cougars were like a blue-clad Santa Claus that just kept giving UMass whatever it wanted. Chaz Williams, who had 32 points and 15 assists, and his teammates were happy to take advantage. Sometimes 'tis better to receive than give it turns out.

There’s no question BYU is a good offensive team, but too much of the time it seems the Cougars are so concerned with playing fast transition offense that they lose track of everything else — like playing defense.

Massachusetts' Maxie Esho blocks a shot attempt by BYU's Frank Bartley IV, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (Jessica Hill, AP) Massachusetts' Maxie Esho blocks a shot attempt by BYU's Frank Bartley IV, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (Jessica Hill, AP)

Here are the grades for each BYU position group and other aspects of the game.

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