I disagree with your assessment of Haws. Yes, he got some shots blocked. He
also got hammered a couple of times with no foul called, including that last
turnover at the end of the game. But not shooting with confidence lately? Have
you forgotten that in the two previous games he scored 35 and 31 points? You
are way too hard on Haws, and the guards as a whole. If the big men were a D+
and the guards were only a B-, and coaching was a C,how the heck did BYU pull
out a difficult win on the road?
Why were there empty first row seats?I thought powerhouse byu had
tons of fans everywhere? And the powerhouse west coast cupcake
league can't even fill the first row?
Chris -Does that mean you watched the game?
I was likewise surprised by the large number of empty seats. When the cameras
panned to the bleachers, I saw very few in Cougar blue.
Chris B,You despicable traitor! You watched the game?!?! Utes 4eva.
If I read this "grading" article and didn't know the outcome of the
game, I would assume BYU got blown out. BYU must have done something right. I
watched the game, and BYU played pretty well overall, they attacked the basket,
drew fouls and made them. Halford didn't get credit for two three point
attempts because he was fouled and made all six free throws--that's a
pretty big deal. I thought Collinsworth played a great game, the fact he
didn't have any assists is irrelevant, t so it was not a stat filled game
for him, but he draws a lot of attention which allowed the other guards to
exploit SF. Give BYU some credit, they won on the road against a very good SF
team, they played well, shot well, and played good defense.
Haws did a lot more in this game than what showed in the points column. Did you
see how he got mauled constantly whenever he didn't have the ball and tried
to make a cut, or even move to the other side of the key? He didn't touch
the ball as much because he was constantly being smothered. When he did touch
the ball, he wasn't very open because SF players didn't let him move
to get open. The officials didn't pay attention to the fouls against him
unless he had the ball. But, he tied up 1-1/2 to 2 defenders for the whole game,
which allowed other players wide-open shots. SF's strategy on Haws worked
at slowing him down, but not at winning the game. Don't count on many teams
being able to get away with the kind of defense SF played against Haws.
I have to say that the author is a little too critical on this one. However I
would agree that Haws is too one-dimensional. He can score, no doubt, and
he's killer at the foul line, but for as many minutes he gets, he should be
able to contribute more at rebounding and defense.
I can only speak for myself, but living in the bay area and trying to get to a
6pm game if you have a regular job not in the city can be quite challenging. In
fact, getting anywhere around the bay area for anything at 6pm is difficult
given the traffic. I was hoping to be in the city in the late afternoon and
would have been at the game but had a client meeting in the east bay and there
was no way I was going to try to get back into the city after that. If you
haven't lived here, maybe you just can't understand how difficult it
can be to get around. It was the lowest average attendance per capacity ratio
for BYU this season with 40% attendance, but it's still twice what Utah
pulled for the Washington St. game with only 20% attendance. BYU is still ahead
of Utah in the attendance to capacity ratio this year at 72.3% to Utah's