BYU basketball report card: Cougs pulverize Mean Green in the second half and win easily

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3 2013 11:37 p.m. MST

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For the second consecutive game, Skyler Halford played a big role for the Cougars off the bench, finishing with 16 points on just seven shots. Kyle Collinsworth was a force with a career-high 17 points to go with his typical line of five boards and six assists. Tyler Haws was excellent scoring on the offensive end, but once again not overly involved in any other facet of the game.

Freshman Frank Bartley IV, who has been such an important spark for BYU, delivered the play of the night with a fast-break, high-flying, left-handed jam — on which he was fouled but didn’t get the call. He missed his other seven shots, being a little over-aggressive at times with his shot selection, but he once again played a good all-around game.

It is hard to know what to make of Matt Carlino’s performance from a long-term perspective. He had a number of out-of-control moments in this game. He made just 2-of-11 shots, many of which were forced, and turned the ball over seven times. On the other hand, he pushed the ball against North Texas relentlessly, making several excellent passes. Cougar coaches have to wish they could get a little more consistency and steadiness from Carlino.

As a freshman Anson Winder averaged 16.2 minutes per game on an NCAA Tournament team. Last year that slipped to 8.1. This year the overall average is back up to around 17, but he has not been playing many meaningful minutes recently. With a 5-1 assist-to-turnover ratio going into the game, it makes you wonder a little about what is going on there. Most of his 14 minutes in the game were well after the game was in hand for BYU.

Grade: B+
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Idaho Falls, ID

The author is dogging on Carlino in this article, and as one who has been critical of Carlino, I would like to voice my disagreement. I really think this game was a step in the right direction for Matt. 10 rebounds and 11 assists! I think that is exactly what we need from him. He only started forcing shots when he knew he had a shot at a triple double. Everyone knows he is a streak shooter, but he is one of the very best BYU has seen in the transition/fast break game. He showed a lot of unselfishness in that game making many truly great passes. Other unsung attributes of his are his rebounding ability and steals. I love those 3 things about him. He can, and has, taken over a game for BYU. But when the shots aren't falling he would greatly benefit himself and the team by backing off creating shots for himself and focusing on his passing skills. We already know he is capable of scoring.. I this game showed he is capable of so much more. Way to go Matt!

On another subject, why isn't Sharp getting any minutes? The most improved player last year only to be riding the bench this year.

Serenity Now
Highland, UT

Agree completely with idablu. Carlino is very good and getting better this year. I don't care what his shooting percentage is in a run/gun game like this; he'll come back next time with 20 pts. And even his turnovers weren't awful given the uptempo pace both teams ran…he does so much for this team and takes too much criticism from fans.

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