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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19 2013 11:30 p.m. MST

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cal cougar
camarillo, CA

Fun win.

I hope that we see that when we have Kaufusi in the game, that it clogs up the middle and he intimidates the other team. I would be interested to know the plus minus on Bronson compared to some of the other players tonight. If they were to play Kaufusi and Brandon at the same time, you would shut down opposing teams.

Brandon, I am sick of seeing you trying to take charges. So are the refs. You are not getting any calls on that play. Start knocking them to the floor, when they come in the key, on occasion and put some scare in them. We don't need more Nate Austins falling on the floor. The other team makes bounties on knocking him down.

I have come to the conclusion that Carlino will always have more heart than brains. That works in his favor some times and against him in others. Shot selection was pathetic for him tonight. I wish the coaches could get him to be more cerebral and he would be an unstoppable force.

The problems with this team are sooo fixable. Talent is there. So fix them Dave and let's go Cougars.

Mcallen, TX

BYU has now won the most in-state games in football, basketball, and probably all others.

At least for this year--"King of the State"!

Aggies rising while Utes fall.

Lincoln City, OR

If you like watching and listening to Official's Whistles all night, this was your game... If you prefer watching the players perform, the strategizing of the coaches, and the Offensive and Defensive schemes executed then this probably wasn't one of the more entertaining games to watch.

Lincoln City, OR

I'm probably biased but I thought the right team won in the end... I think the Cougs outplayed the Aggies tonight despite some terrible 3 point shooting... The Cougs really have some talent if they could just control a couple of things... Davies and Austin have to watch their Fouls... They need to play the entire game like they did the last few minutes... And Carlino??? I have a love/hate thing going with him... He has so much talent... He handles the ball well, he's quick, and he can be a great Offensive threat, but he has a tough time just going with the flow of the game... He has a tendency to force too much... He needs to improve his judgement on when to push it and when to back it off... He needs to take as much pleasure in Defense, in Assists and avoiding TOs as he does in scoring.

Hayden, ID

BYU couldn't hit a three point shot in the second half but matched USU's physical play with their own! Probably the most physical game played all year. Nearly 60 fouls called in the game with many more that were not called on both sides.

River Falls, WI

Great effort by Cusick... the stat of the game? Cusick's three offensive rebounds, that says it all. If the shortest guy on the court can grab five rebounds you know he's putting in the extra effort and wants the W. Hope that drive can trickle off onto the guys who need to get it done consistently (Davies, Carlino). Great game Cusick, so sorry to hear about your dad. Go Cougs!

Cinci Man

It was a pretty tough game to watch, especially the second half. Carlino and Haws couldn't have hit a rim 5 feet in diameter tonight. I hope they can get ready for the yough competition in the NIT. This was a home game. What is going on with this team. They could really use some mental toughness and confidence. That comes with good shot selection and teamwork - yes, working together instead of 5 independent guys. Good luck Dave in getting them ready.

Omaha, NE

"Aggies rising while Utes fall."

You say that after they lost? Not sure how they are rising. Their bball team is nowhere near how it usually is and they just lost their staff in football that got them where they are. When USU makes coaching changes, things never improve, except that it took Anderson many years to get to 11 wins in the weakest conference. I don't see how the aggies are rising at all. Please explain.

Ogden, Utah

Carlino was the best player for USU going 1-7 from behind the arc and 3-12 inside it. Which probably accounts for USU outrebounding the Cougs. Lucky for Carlino that Cusick was there to pick up his brick, otherwise this game may have had a different ending in OT.

The A Game
Logan, UT


So Utah State being named the best football team in the state this year means BYU is "king?" Your logic clearly makes sense.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Great game, great finish. I could see a possible NIT, first round rematch. That would be a good one; pretty dang evenly matched teams.

Iowa City, IA

Awesome put back for Cusic! Great game.

I was reminded during the game that BYU has been playing all year without Collingsworth and Rogers, two main cogs in Roses high speed machine, a big time 3 point shooter and a dangerous low man that could have picked up the slack for Davies...in other words;

Coach Rose Rocks! Another 20 win season heading for post-season play and he's doing it without two seniors! Good luck Cougars with the rest of the year, go have some fun!

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Would have been a total blown out if the refs called it right. They always try to make us loose. We had to beat aggies and refs with just are 5 guys on the court.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Game was slow and physical because the officials allow our opponents to mug us. Utah State was pushing Haws all over the court.

At some point, this has to stop.

Arlington, VA

After hearing the news about Cusick's father, it was nice to see Craig scoring the winning basket and having a great overall game.

Mcallen, TX

@The A Game

Who cares what the Aggies were named!
BYU 6 USU 3.

It's the score.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

ET Sea Bass and Millie is/are the same person.

If the Cougars expect to beat Saint Marys tomorrow night they will need to battle for 41 minutes. Davies - you aren't a point guard so let someone else run the fast break. Go Cougars!!!!!!

Park City, UT

Fun game! The Cougs could easily add another 10 points to all their games if the big guns--Haws, Davies, and Carlino--could learn to pass to the open man when they are double-teamed or on a fast-break.

Provo, UT

Great putback Craig. All of Cougar Nation is praying for your dad.

The A Game
Logan, UT


Utah: 24. BYU: 21. I guess BYU isn't "the king" after all.

Who cares right? "It's the score."

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