BYU men's basketball: Matthew Dellavedova sinks BYU on last-second shot


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  • parley963 Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    I have seen a couple of comments where the writers have said that Dellavedova dribbled the ball before he launched his shot that won the game, but I've looked at his drive at several angles and I didn't see him dribble the ball once. In fact, I counted him taking three steps before he launched the ball and landed on one foot for his fourth step. He obviously carried the ball and had slightly ducked past Winder who was in his path but who had jumped back. I can't fault the referees for not noticing the ball carry, but it did happen.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    as Davies goes so go the cougs

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:50 p.m.

    Tough loss, hopefully it inspires the Cougars rather than deflates them. We'll see what their made of in the next couple of weeks.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:47 p.m.


    You're a little too fired up and emotional about your cougars loss and it shows.

    Go back and read my comment again and tell me where I say anything about the PAC-12 being as strong of a conference as the MWC this year. The truth is that the upper half of the MWC is very strong, stronger than the PAC-12. However, there are more teams with higher RPI's in the PAC-12 that could ultimately bolster the ratings of the better PAC-12 teams as long as they don't stumble against the lesser teams.

    The main point however was letting your buddy Phoenix know that BYU is not as highly rated as he wants to believe, and there are more Pac 12 teams rated above BYU and Saint Marys than he wants to believe, the RPI ratings show it.

    Bottom line, BYU won't be dancing without winning at least 2 of 3 remaining games against Gonzaga and Saint Marys unless they somehow win the conference tourney. Saint Marys is in a very similar position which means your incredible WCC conference is not looking incredible at all.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 17, 2013 6:20 p.m.

    Replay of the final 2.5 seconds shows a near half-court pass to Mr. D, then the clock starts. Mr. D takes two steps as he dribbles around 1 defender who rushed over to him, then he heaves his shot at 1.4 seconds, with the ball swooshing the net at 0.00.

    Still photos of Cougar students with mouths agape in shock and disbelief are incredible. We were finally on the receiving end of being Jimmered!

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    Coach Rose should be fired! That was the worst piece of coaching ever. He could write a book on "how to blow a game".

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 17, 2013 2:01 p.m.


    "Last second defense should have been Haws on Dellavedova, pressure the in bound, and the rest play defense above the three point line. Seriously, they let St. Mary's do a half court inbound bass right to Mr. D?"

    Doesn't sound like you even watched the game. Delavadova took the inbounds pass at the baseline, dribble just past half court and made an unbelievable shot. In hidesight, BYU should have called timeout to set up the defense, but it's pure speculation what would have happened even if BYU had called the timeout. Crazy things happen at the end of games.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 17, 2013 1:54 p.m.


    "Again BYU has everyone laughing on SportsCenter."

    Actually, the only ones laughing are the realistic bloggers who are laughing at your silly comment.

    The truth is ESPN was VERY IMRPESSED with the closing shots made by both Haws and Delavadova.

    NOBODY, except our jealous friends on the hill, laughs at team that losses a game by a single point on a desperate heave at the buzzer.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 17, 2013 1:49 p.m.


    Despite your silly comparison, here are the latest Conference Power Rankings:

    1. Big Ten
    2. Big East
    3. Mountain West
    4. Big 12
    5. ACC
    6. Atlantic 10
    7. Pac 12
    8. SEC
    9. Missouri Valley
    10. West Coast

    Notes - Arizona remains very good. UCLA is surging. Colorado is fading badly. Washington has emerged ahead of the Bay Area teams as a possible dark horse contender. Arizona State is better than expected. The rest of the league is still not very good.

    The truth is, despite the weakness of the bottom half of the WCC, the PAC 12 isn't a whole lot better.

    The MWC would DESTROY the PAC 12 this season if the two conferences were to play a complete round-robin between all of the teams.

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    Note to Coach Rose: When a team is killing you from the three point line, GET OUT OF THE ZONE!! Or when one guy is killing you, have somebody ride him one on one the whole game. I was ready to throw a shoe at the TV every time Mr. Arm Sleeve (Holt?) was left all alone to drain his 3 pointers.

    Props to St. Marys. They never quit. It's exhausting just watching Dellavedova play. Constant motion, never lets up, refuses to lose. I can't imagine playing against him.

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    Jan. 17, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    More "exposure". Again BYU has everyone laughing on SportsCenter.

  • Barney Google Beaver, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    St. Mary's, St. Mary's, St. Mary's isn't that an all girls Jr. College?

    This is hilarious!

    Wow! that WCC is tough!

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    Last second defense should have been Haws on Dellavedova, pressure the in bound, and the rest play defense above the three point line. Seriously, they let St. Mary's do a half court inbound bass right to Mr. D?

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    Looks like the NIT at season's end for the cougars. It would be nice to win a few games there than losing in the first round or maybe even the play in. Davies will not be a pro.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    BYU jumps out to a huge lead and then everyone starts taking wild shots, especially Davies shot that went over the backboard! Was shocked to see the lack of blocking out, Jr. Jazz coaching teaches the first thing to getting a rebound is making sure the other guy can't get it. St. Mary's offensively rebounded at will. Finally, Carlino tried to win it on his own instead of running the offense. We need a point guard....

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:08 p.m.


    What matters when it comes to NCAA selection time is the RPI ratings more so than Sagarin Ratings.

    There are 68 teams in the tourney so I've pulled the ranking for each team in the top 68 for the conferences you mentioned. These are the teams which would have at least a remote chance at the tourney at this point in time:

    3 Arizona
    7 Gonzaga
    9 New Mexico
    20 UNLV
    23 Colorado
    36 Oregon
    37 CSU
    32 UCLA
    33 SDSU
    39 Boise St
    45 BYU
    51 Washington
    59 Wyoming
    62 ASU
    63 St Marys
    66 Cal

    So here's how it REALLY breaks down ...

    PAC-12 - 7 teams
    MWC - 6 teams
    WCC - 3 teams

    By the way, the only other team remotely close is Stanford at 80.

    What does this mean? Too early to say for sure, but PAC 12 teams have more quality teams to bolster their RPI than either conference. BYUs RPI will have trouble moving up without beating St Marys or Gonzaga at least once. Any other loss in the WCC will end BYU's at large chances and same goes for St Marys.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    Down under

    "Who did the Utes lose to?"

    Pretty sure you know the answer to your smug question since you display Pullman, WA as your home location.

    Let's remember that WSU was one shot away from beating beloved WCC favorite Gonzaga. WSU may not be great but as another person in this thread mentioned, if BYU was playing in the PAC-12 they'd most likely finish in the middle or lower region of the standings. Yes, ahead of Utah, so you still have that.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    We were cheated. The clock didn't start soon enough after St Marys took the ball in bounds. Had it, the buzzer would have gone off before the final shot.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    M.Delevedova has a habit of dribble-charging into his defender and getting to the foul line where he hits 90%. Wonder why the refs let him continue this over the years? He did it again against Austin in the latter part of this game, clear contact initiated by him as defender was backpedling, have seen it many times before.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Man that was tough. That Dellavadova can't graduate soon enough for my liking. BYU simply has no answer for that guy, he torches them every time they play.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 17, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    I agree with some of the other comments. In watching the game, undoubtedly, Dellavedova caught the Cougs (coaches & players) sleeping at the switch after Haws' clutch basket. With 2.9 seconds, no reason why Rose couldn't have called a time-out to properly defense St. Mary's inbound pass. Regardless, the players need to understand to play all 20 minutes of the half. Dellavedova was clapping for the inbound pass immediately, and freely moved with the ball until a body was put on him. Very gutsy play on his end. Let's hope our Cougs learn from this game. My word was this was a tough loss, with USD coming in on Sat & us playing at Gonzaga, both with undefeated conf. records. Yep. This loss hurt us.

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Jan. 17, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    BYU got pounded on the boards and seemed flat-footed. That was the difference in the game. At least they lost to a very good team. They are still in the hunt for a NCAA bid.
    Who did the Utes lose to?

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Jan. 17, 2013 10:24 a.m.


    "Whatever makes you feel good sammy, but middle of the WCC would = basement of the MWC and PAC for the cougs this year as well."

    For BYU, 5th or 6th in the MWC is possible, but no worse than 4th in the PAC 12. Sorry to burst your crimson-colored bubble, again, but beyond Arizona, UCLA, and Oregon, the PAC 12 is decent, but nothing to brag about.

    Sagarin Rankings:

    10 Arizona
    22 Oregon
    38 UCLA
    52 Colorado
    56 Washington

    11 Gonzaga
    44 BYU
    53 Saint Mary's

    23 New Mexico
    24 San Diego St
    25 UNLV
    27 Colorado St
    35 Boise State
    43 Wyoming

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Something in common. St Marys is the only team that the Aggies have lost to this season. Already looking forward to the USU/y matchup in a month.

  • cal cougar camarillo, CA
    Jan. 17, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    We all pointed to Davies with no rebounds, but Sharp only had two rebounds and 1 offensive rebound. Some of this happens because of long rebounds off 3 point shooting which they did a lot of. But it appears that Sharp and Davies got pushed around. We needed to send in the enforcer(the bouncer) in these situations instead of Nate Austin. Why not send in Kaufusi. If we are getting manhandled, send him in and start letting them know who is boss. We need to bully the bully. Kaufusi may score just as much as Austin at this point. But the affect on the other team could be immeasurable.

    Also, learn from St. Mary's. If you can physically intimidate the other team, you win. If Kaufusi isn't enough, Kyle Van Noy might be of use.(Kidding. sort of) Also, Brandon, you can get pretty physical if you don't have the ball. You rarely get called for a foul during rebounding and getting position. Maybe Anae can help you guys get nasty.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Jan. 17, 2013 10:02 a.m.


    "Beautiful shot by Dellavedova, but hey, nobody was in front of him either, no hand in his face, nothing. Sad really."

    Here's what ESPN had to say about the shot:

    "Saint Mary's guard Matthew Dellavedova hit the buzzer-beater of the season to knock off BYU in Provo on Wednesday night. If that is the case, you should watch the video now:

    I mean … what a shot, and what a play. Dellavedova somehow creates enough momentum with the catch and dribble to get to 40-ish feet within 2.5 seconds, at which point he euro-steps a defender, hops, double-clutches, hangs, and hits, followed by what must have been the single most ecstatic few seconds of his life."

    Quite a contrast between the description of someone who's just looking for something to whine about, and an unbiased observer who doesn't have an ax to grind.

  • CG Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:56 a.m.


    Your observations are silly. And your suggestion to bench Davies is absolutely ludicrous. Davies, for better or worse, is the key to BYU's offense running smoothly. When he's playing well, he elevates the play of the entire team.

    The main cause of Brandon's recent slump is his ankle injury, which is improving. Except for forcing a few shots and not getting any rebounds, Davies played a decent game. My only complaint with Davies performance last night is reverting to a problem that's troubled him throughout his career at BYU, picking up cheap fouls, which I think is just a lack of concentration at times on his part.

    As for your speculation that "something is not right in his life", you don't know what you're talking about.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    @ sammy

    "very much better""??? lol

    Whatever makes you feel good sammy, but middle of the WCC would = basement of the MWC and PAC for the cougs this year as well.

    Heartbreaking loss though.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Trying again . . apparently a bunch of nonsense symbols strung together is considered to be "vulgarity" by the humorless, maternal moderators at the DN.

    Basketball is instinctual to the best players. They just tend to make the right plays and be in the right place without thinking about it. Davies just isn't one of those guys. I find myself yelling "WHAT THE SWEET FANNY ADAMS (is that OK, DN?) WAS THAT??" at him several times a game. Despite some physical talent, basketball is hard for him.

    On defense, can I ask why he insists on running out past the top of the key (sometimes to midcourt) to double PG's? I can't imagine Rose is telling him to do that. More often than not, it results in a dunk, layup, or wide-open 3 as his teammates scramble to cover for him. It rarely results in a turnover. STAY DOWN LOW, BRANDON. YOU'RE NOT A GUARD.

  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see and watch in person that Carlino is a better player than Della just not as experienced yet. Carlino is amazing with the ball. He did make a few dribbling into traffic errors but he sees the court like no other guard since danny ainge. He sees the court better than Jimmer to be honest. Davies is good but not that good. He's not a banger down low. Looking forward to Luke Worthington next year. I would have played Bronson Kaufusi down low. Josh Sharp is the most improved player by far. Winder is my fan favorite. He is still getting his conditioning back. Haws missed a couple of free throws he wishes he had back which was one of the differences in the game. Either Haws was under the weather or i have noticed the drag of the season is beginning to wear on his recently returned missionary legs. In the words of Herb Brooks: "The legs feed the wolf."

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    That celebration was classless.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    Davies is so over rated...If I were Rose I'd sit him on the bench, win lose or draw. The guy needs a serious wakeup call, and he needs some serious counseling. Maybe hire a coach and a psychiatrist to figure out what is wrong with this guy. Again, something is not right in his life maybe? I'd hate to think about repeat of two years ago, but something is amiss.

    A SENIOR? He is again letting his teammates down.

    Beautiful shot by Dellavedova, but hey, nobody was in front of him either, no hand in his face, nothing. Sad really.

  • rafinsure Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    I was crushed to see the Cougars lose the game at the buzzer. I have to say though that Matthew Dellavedova is sick! That shot he made at the buzzer was phenomenal. He's definitely first team All American material along with All Academic honors. The Cougars need to make some improvements in their game though. First, the Cougars need to stop playing zone defense when it does nothing against the other team's perimeter. That's what cost them their big lead. Second, Brandon Davies needs to learn to stay out of foul trouble so much. He's BYU's only big man who can make a difference night after night. Also, the other Cougs on the court need to step it up so Tyler Haws can make more assists. The Cougars need a win at Saint Mary's to save face.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    Zero rebounds for Davies? what, was he playing on his knees? how does a 6'9" post player get zero rebounds? I'm so frustrated with Davies, one game he dominates, the next he disappears, and most of the time he gets into early foul trouble and misses most of the game. and our other post players aren't much better. Rose better find a JC guy who can play the middle for next year.

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:50 a.m.




    I kept thinking after Holt went 4 for 4 for 10 points, why doesn't Rose stick a guy on him? The momentum really swung for the Gaels when Holt went off in the first half.

    Davies played a big 6'4". Is it just me or does Davies play small? He seems completely flummoxed by big slow defenders. Davies would have made a great small forward if he didn't have to play middle. Too bad. In another system, or a different team, he could have been great.

    All said...Haws was terrific, Carlino was sometimes. Austin has an incredible soft touch to his shot but 16 ft. fade-aways for a 6'11" guy makes him a really tall small forward.

    I hope BYU can recruit some big bodied forward/center types that play up to their height to complement the tandem of Haws/Carlino in the next two years.

    I'll keep watching and cheering! Go Cougs!

  • rafinsure Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    I was crushed to see the Cougars lose the game at the buzzer. I have to say though that Matthew Dellavedova is sick! That shot he made at the buzzer was phenomenal. He's definitely first team All American material along with All Academic honors. The Cougars need to make some improvements in their game though. First, the Cougars need to stop playing zone defense when it does nothing against the other team's perimeter. That's what cost them their big lead. Second, Brandon Davies needs to learn to stay out of foul trouble so much. He's BYU's only big man who can make a difference night after night. Also, the other Cougs on the court need to step it up so Tyler Haws can make more assists. The Cougars need a win at Saint Mary's to save face.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    Davies needs to get tough. O rebounds is not acceptable. BYU's other bigs need to box out and take rebounding as seriously as the Gaels do. Carlino is a magician at zeroing out the good things he does with the immature, selfish things he does. I'm convinced the worst thing for BYU is for Carlino to have early success. It goes to his head and he fantasizes about taking over the game...and he obviously is not that good. When he plays smart and tries to involve his teammates, he is fine.

    BYU will have to win the rest of the games on its schedule to have a shot at the big dance. Not likely.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    Two words guys: BOX OUT!

    BYU beat the Gaels in FG% 53-42, 3PT% 46-40, and FT% 75-67, but got KILLED on O-Reb 4-12.

    Saint Mary's dominated the Cougars on 2nd chance points, and that was the difference in the game. Unbelievably, Davies didn't get a single rebound.

    Gotta give Saint Mary's props for hanging in there after getting behind early 20-4.

    Dellavadova is a gamer and his buzzer-beater was amazing. Congrats to Saint Mary's on a great win.

    BYU's chances for a 7th straight NCAA tournament are now razor thin. It's still possible that the WCC could get 3 teams into the tournament, but if it comes down to a choice between BYU and Saint Mary's, the Gaels clearly have the inside track.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    On behalf of all Ute fans I will claim this game as an official BYU moral victory. Getting beat at the buzzer says this was a good game and it was. I enjoyed it.

    Of course I was dumbfounded at the buzzer but you have to hand it to St. Mary's for coming back and that last shot.

    Look forward to seeing the game against these guys later as BYU has a real team that can beat these guys if the mistakes are corrected and Davies has a decent game. Just an off night for him I guess.

    This is much better than 0-5... very much better.

  • carver Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    BYU, if you need a lesson on GRIT, you got one from Dellavedova.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Jan. 17, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    Plenty to learn from in this game. I hope each player breaks down the game and sees the mistakes and improves. i have heard many times that you learn much more from losses than you do from wins.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Jan. 17, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    The BYU matchup zone worked for a while, then the Gaels adjusted. But Rose kept with the zone until the Gaels caught up mostly with poorly contested 3 point shots. Why? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Jan. 17, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    I knew Davies had a ho-hum game, but I didn't realize he had ZERO boards. That's just unacceptable. Five fouls and zero rebounds from our supposedly all-conference center. Blech. On the offensive end, am I the only one that feels like Brandon consistently makes easy plays into tough plays? Does this sound familar: he'll have good position with the ball in his hands, and instead of just flipping up a little jump hook or going straight up, he starts a pointless array of fakes and tics before throwing up awkward leaner and begging for a foul call.

    Carlino is improving, but he still loses his mind too often. Great start, shooting well, playing under control, taking what was there. Then, all of a sudden he throws up an impossible fadeaway 18-footer, starts dribbling and passing into a sea of St. Mary hands, and all his good work is negated. Maybe by the time he's a senior he'll have that stuff out of his system. SLOW DOWN, MATT . .

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Jan. 17, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    Look on the bright side, BYU made ESPN's #1 of top 10 plays of the day by being beat at the buzzer. Any press is good press, right?

  • Parkite1 Park City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    Well Rose next time encourage the Boys in Blue to trap and play defense or call a time-out to ensure a debacle like this never happens again especially not at home. Could have been knocking at top 25 and ensured the dance now the road to qualify is extremely difficult...

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 17, 2013 5:34 a.m.

    Give the Gaels credit for clawing their way back into the game. The first 10 minutes of the game were the best I've seen BYU play this season, then we went on vacation for the next 20 minutes. If any NBA scouts were on hand, Davies needs to make new plans for post college. After playing an average 1st half, he was awful in the 2nd half. His shot selection, his defense, his fouls were what you'd expect from a Freshman. Carlino was inspired in the first half and then began to force shots, force passes and couldn't stop anything on defense. If it weren't for Winder's solid defense in the 2nd half, the game wouldn't have been this close. Goodbye NCAA tourney this year, and hello NIT.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 2:27 a.m.

    Choked another big game away.
    Out of the running already.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:48 a.m.

    zero rebound? ouch I will be glad to see that ugly mouth piece guy gone after this season.sorry he's a dirty player.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:25 a.m.


  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:20 a.m.

    According to this article, there were only about 14,000 people at the game. It is possible that the Marriott Ctr. was only two thirds filled???