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Published: Wednesday, March 14 2012 1:29 a.m. MDT

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So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

I know it was a head scratcher of many fans why Harrison didn't play more. What a strong, strong performance when one was needed the most.

grouchyoldman
Arden, NC

No surprise to me about Damarcus. I watched him play in high school and sat by him in church. He is not only going to be a great basketball player for BYU but is a fine young man. Look for big things from him both on and off the floor.
Again,
Grouchyoldman and loving it.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Fetchin' about time. This was the best coaching move by Rose in the past two months. Sitting Carlino and playing Harrison most of the second half was a major factor in BYU winning this game.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Loved how Harrison played, but much of the credit for this win also goes to Cusick, who wasn't rattled at all by the pressure the way Carlino was.

Let's see on Thursday whether Coach Rose has learned anything.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

I loved Harrison's play coming off the bench! But I agree with others that Cusick is the unsung hero of the game. He didn't score a bucket, but his ability to control to ball and get it to those who can score was critical to the comeback.

RepresentBlue
West Jordan, UT

Not playing Harrison more this season is the only criticism I have of Dave Rose's coaching this season. Abuou and Zylstra have been erratic and unreliable all season long and Harrison should have been coming off the bench regularly to replace one of them in the many games where they were not producing. Zylstra in particular has been a liability on both ends of the court, while Abuou at least contributed on defense and on the boards. Rose should have been giving Harrison some of those minutes if for no other reason then to let him develop and grow. I have heard rumors that Harrison has been very unhappy and is considering a transfer and if that happens I will consider a big mark against Dave Rose as a head coach. Harrison has tremendous potential as we saw last night and Rose should be taking every opportunity he can get to develop him. Here is hoping that Harrison returns next year and gets the lion share of Abuou's minutes (unless he decided to serve a mission).

RepresentBlue
West Jordan, UT

@WhatsInItForMe

I agree that Cusick should get plenty of minutes on Thursday but I dont think Carlino should lose the start. That would only do more damage to his confidence and Carlino is the future of the program at the point. We have to remember that he is a freshman and this was his first time playing in the big dance. We also have to remember that Jimmer struggled against pressure defense as a freshman and sophomore. I am not saying Carlino will be like Jimmer but I do think he will get much better with experience. That being said, Cusick was the difference in being able to mount a comeback against Iona. He was able to break the press and get the ball down the court so they could get the ball in to Davies and Hartsock. Without Cusick Davies and Hartsock would not have been able to score as many baskets. Cusick should get plenty of playing time on Thursday regardless of whether or not he starts.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

Representblue: I agree that Carlino is the future and that he needs to continue to get plenty of minutes, but like Zystra and Abouo he's been very erratic in his play. In the biggest games, he has not handled the ball well and made some very poor decisions -- easily attributable to being a freshman. But in the big dance, the cougs can't afford those mistakes. With 8 assists and only 1 turnover, Cusick earned some playing time too

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@Representblue

Harrison is not transferring. He is going on a mission this summer.

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