BYU basketball report card: Cougars man up, suffocate San Diego

Published: Sunday, Jan. 5 2014 10:32 a.m. MST

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Jeffrey D. Allred
Nate Austin did not foul out.

Eric Mika made 100 percent of his free throws.

Additionally, both Austin and Mika helped set the attitude and tone for BYU early in the game with some determined, aggressive play.

Austin played his best overall game in quite some time, helping the Cougars out-rebound the Toreros by 18. Most importantly, he didn’t foul out.

Mika only played 17 minutes because of injuries. He took several hard falls in the game, including one where he flipped over a San Diego player’s back and landed on his hip. He was hobbling around quite a bit after that. Mika was effective, however, in scoring 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including a pretty sweet and-one dunk.

Luke Worthington played nine minutes and fouled out. He also missed his two shots quite badly. On the plus side, he collected a rebound and an assist.

Josh Sharp handed out three assists and grabbed two rebounds in 16 minutes.

Grade: B
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Rexburg, ID

One word that describes BYU's turnaround game play: HALFORD!


I watched San Diego miss a lot of shots that were barely contended. How do you tell the difference between San Diego having a bad night and BYU playing good defense? Hustling more isn't really defense.

Is it more blocked shots? no.
Is it more steals? no.
Is it more defensive rebounds? no.

I have some Ute friends that totally believe Utah shut down Haws and BYU through defense and yet when we watched the game I saw BYU missing a lot of shots they normally would have made and pointed them out to my friends. They don't buy it, they think Utah hustled more than BYU (looked true to me) and the positive emotions for Utah created a Utah defensive shutdown of BYU. True or not?

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