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Published: Tuesday, April 2 2013 10:00 p.m. MDT

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esodije
ALBUQUERQUE, NM

It was a great run--not enough shots fell, and Baylor is a good team and in other circumstances might have gone deep in the NCAA tournament. Fare well, Davies and Zylstra.

CougAbroad
Vienna/Austria, 00

Based on the highlights shown in the video embedded in this article, you'd think that BYU wasn't even there! Speaking of not being there, did anyone attend this game? It looks like there are all of 200 people in the stands. Great finish to a disappointing year. Ha, that a 24-win season is disappointing speaks volumes of the program Dave Rose has built at BYU. Go Cougars!

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

Great year Cougs!! When I see Haws's face in the picture, I think of, "Get to the choppa!"

Y-Ask-Y?
Provo, UT

Fun basketball to watch.

Good effort, Cougars.

'Til we meet again next season...

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Two critical calls doomed the Y. The first was that phantom foul called on Davies to give him foul #4 and send him to the bench at a critical time. The replay showed no contact at all from Davies. He was close, but no contact. The second was a result of a bad Haws decision. Haws had the ball in back court and got called for an offensive foul. The defender cut him off and the ref who made the call was about two feet away. The Ref was way to close to make a determination as to what the defenders feet were doing. Haws should have dribbled to the center instead of trying to force the sideline. That way he'd not have been called for a foul.

All in all, the Y showed some guts, but there are no moral victories. They missed a lot of shots, particularly Davies, who normally makes those shots, and Carlino MIA for all but the last 90 seconds.

My hope for next year is more consistancy from Carlino.

Looking forward to next year.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Nice little run to end the season by BYU. Pretty cool to make it to the NIT final 4.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

Thank you Coach Rose and the Entire BYU Basketball Team. These last 4 games were fun to watch and I bet they were fun to play in too. God speed to Davies and Zylstra!

Lonster
Sandy, UT

Players at all levels these days are in llove with the 3-ball; coaches too, or there would be fewer of them shot. Instead of taking 20-30 3s a game and making 25% of them, why not move in a bit for some mid-range jumpers, hit 40-50% of them, and likely win more close games? Oh, I get it --- the 12-15 foot jump shot isn't as exciting as 25-foot bombs (when they're not clanging off the iron), just more effective over 40 minutes.

Levin
Hightstown, NJ

I attended the game. I guess there were about 2,000 people in the stands at the start of the game, equally split between BYU and Baylor fans. The arena filled up quite a bit more as the game went on and the Iowa and Maryland fans arrived.

But Baylor's official support included a pep band and cheerleaders (including a baton thrower) who were very active throughout the game. BYU had only cheerleaders who led maybe five cheers in the course of the whole game. Especially at the end of the game, when the BYU crowd could have used some leadership, they were sitting in their seats, acting ready to be done with all this. It felt like Baylor's athletic department was more interested in supporting their team for this game than BYU's was.

All in all, a fun game. I'm glad my kids and I went. Wish Davies could have played better in his last game, but in the larger perspective, I'm glad he went out in a close game in MSG, rather than disappearing into obscurity after his suspension.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Twenty four wins is nothing to be ashamed of. Many teams would love that.

Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

I graduated from Robert E. Peary High School in Rockville, Maryland, during the Tom McMillan years at the University of Maryland. (High school graduation was held at the Cole Field House, home of the Terps.) I have my B.A. and M.A. from BYU. I would have loved to see a BYU-Maryland match-up. Alas, both my teams went down during the semifinals.

A 24-win season is stellar. Way to go, Cougs!

sammyg
Springville, UT

Too little, too late. Baylor was beatable.

Great run and a nice finish to a season. Looking forward to the next season and seeing what post Davies will look like. I wish him well but I will not miss the inconsistency and frustration that showed up from time to time in his games.

Hoping that Carlino and Hawes work hard in the off season and come out guns blazing next season.

Go Cougars!

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Flashback:

"Two critical calls doomed the Y."

Cougs lose, blame the refs. Typical. You never hear Y fans saying "critical calls gifted the win to the Y." Don't believe me? Do a quick google search of the SDSU football game at LES back in 2010. See how many Y fans said, "were it not for the refs, we would have lost that game."

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

We were short on Dave Rose roster due to injury before and during the whole season. 24 wins was a really good season. Hopefully next season all of our players will be healthy and ready for another good season. Oh yeah, no more Matthew Delli (sp?) from SMC.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

Disappointing game that mirrored a disappointing season. Unfortunately, losing Davies will be significant (even with the incoming stud from LP). Collinsworth should adequately replace Zylstra, but I foresee several "lean years" for the Cougars through 2016.

BYU consistently fails to recruit enough "bigs" to defend inside. (Baylor's bigs ran wild and were a huge difference. . . along with the crafty point guard who clearly outplayed Carlino and who was someone BYU could never defend.)

Rose will get his 20+ wins against weak competition and BYU will continue to fold against tough opponents (and the occasional hot shooting WCC team). Wish the prognosis was different, but I also wish I could shoot my age in golf. The odds of BYU going to the big dance and me shooting my age this next couple years are about equal.

truecoug1
Provo, UT

What a great season! The "worst season" in the Dave Rose era is a 3rd place finish in the WCC, 20+ wins, and a final four appearance in the NIT. Pretty awesome ride!

Love the fight and heart in the team, even after getting down by 10 late to Baylor. Carlino showed why we as Cougar fans should all be excited for the next two years. If he can develop some consistency, look out!

As for the officiating, it didn't lose us the game. There were some tough calls, but that's basketball, and we still had our chances. If Carlino hits that 4th 3 in a row that just rimmed out, we're within 1 with 35 seconds left. As it was, we just didn't shoot well enough as a team to win. Zylstra was a no show, and we had no outside shooting (outside of Carlino in the last minute).

Pierre Jackson was a beast, and ultimately won the game for the Bears. Hats off to him, he was the best player on the floor last night.

Anyhoo, great season, and as always, it's a great time to be a Cougar!

That's A Good One
Salt Lake City, UT

This was the best written article, with the most thought out, intelligent comments I've ever seen published on the Deseret News. Congratulations to all involved for such a stellar product and *on topic and undisruptive comments.

There, Des News censors, does that meet your extremely unevenly applied criteria for getting a comment published?

That's A Good One
Salt Lake City, UT

sammyg @ "I will not miss the inconsistency and frustration"

Not to worry sammy. Carlino is coming back. We'll still have the inconsistency and frustration.

I'm most happy for Davies and the path he took in manning up and dealing with his violation of the honor code. I believe the man will be successful in life no matter what he chooses to do. It would have been nice to see what might have happened if he'd have been with the team through the NCAA tournament that year.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

Thank you Dave Rose and the Cougar players for another great year. We all knew that it would be difficult as time went on and three bigs out, but to make it to the NIT and go as far as you did, makes BYU totally known through out the Nation. Hearing the many announcers that did the game praise BYU for their many achievements makes one proud to have attended this particular superior University.

We are lucky to have not only a top notch educational school, but one with class and wonderful sports to watch and cheer for. It is FANtastic to be a fan of BYU.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

The NIT turned a ho hum year into a fantastic year. Absolutely loved watching the Cougs play the final four games in the NIT against very good teams. No, it wasn't like we were playing Louisville or Michigan, but it wasn't College of Idaho or Willamette U, either.

Davies will be missed next year, but something tells me that our Sophomores will all be improved. With Carlino, Haws and Collinsworth; the back court could be one of the best in the West. I'm hoping to see Haws moved to the 2 and Collinsworth at the 3. Austin played very well against Baylor and was much improved in the 2nd half of the season. He's still developing and should be improved again next year. Will Sharp, Ambrosino, Kaufusi or Mika get the other starting spot? Worthington and Shaw will provide additional depth for the front court.

No football or basketball for the next 4 - 5 months. Aargh!

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