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Published: Saturday, Feb. 8 2014 7:55 p.m. MST

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Surfers Paradise, AU

Good win. Free throws haunt this team again. 2-8 for Collinsworth, and 5-8 for Haws. Not impressive from the line, but we take it as a win.

Rexburg, ID

FG%: 41.7

FT%: 48.3

OREB: 20
DREB: 27

Offensive rebounding saved the game for the Cougs tonight; otherwise a terrible night for the offense.

Overton, NV

It was definitely the edge on the glass that got BYU this win. They couldn't buy a shot for most of the game. Yes, SF played some pretty good D, but even when they were wide open the Cougars couldn't hit anything for much of the night. Meanwhile, SF seemed to get every roll.

Free throw shooting: just plain ugly. It looked a lot like fatigue to me. Too few guys have played too many minutes. But what can Rose do? Once again, other than Carlino, the bench came up empty. Other than Matty, only one other bench player even recorded a positive statistic. That was Worthington with 3 rebounds. Bench needs to do more.

Ugly game. BYU played horribly, but still managed to win. Breath a sigh of relief and move on to the next one (and hope they don't have to play SF again in the WCC Tournament.)

Lindon, UT

Any win at this point in the season is a good win but that was NOT pretty! What is it going to take to get this team to hit their free throws? The good rebounding is the only thing that won the game. At least they got it done at the end. Got to keep it going through the end!

Idaho Falls, ID

Rebounding (Austin) won this game for BYU. HORRIFIC free throw shooting almost lost it. Mika was a beast with a double double..
Poor 3 pt shooting (except Carlino) was also a thorn.

I think it's time to give Carlino his starting job back. The team plays better with him on the court and he was 1 assist shy of a double double himself on limited minutes. Halford just isn't contributing much lately in any category.

Orem, UT

It was an ugly win but it was a WIN. Second place. The Cougars will have to finish strong but the big dance is still in sight.

Austin and Mika were incredible on the boards tonight!

Lindon, UT

It's a good thing BYU won the rebounding battle because the shooting was horrible tonight. 48% on free throws! Yikes! They've got to fix that. Nice to have a close gut it out kind of win at this point in the season. Hope the shooting gets better heading into this road trip, especially against St. Mary's.

Marysville, WA

It was great to watch the game on BYUtv. Austin was a beast. Great to see him come on tonight in defense, rebounds and in scoring.

Great crowd, that came to life and fed the Cougs down the stretch when they needed it. I wish I could have been there!

These Dons are for real. I hope they do well from here on out (unless we face them in Vegas).

Goooo Cougars!

Murray, UT

Good win, not a great one. I was impressed with out rebounding and defensive. Hoping we can beat St. Mary's on the road and Gonzaga at home to wrap up a NCAA berth.....go cougars

Crestucky, FL

For the reporter's headline to say the Cougs "...squeak out" a victory, he misled the readers by failing to report the real significance and importance of the win to the readers. How sbout: "Cougars tough out key victory over San Francisco!"

Lincoln City, OR

Tough game... One the Cougs could have easily lost... In fact, had Tollefson avoided foul trouble it could have gone the other way.

I hate to be critical but...Collinsworth had a horrible game (even with his 19 points)... He's always strong on Defense (in fact the best we have) and he rebounds extremely well for a 6'6" guy but that's where it ends... His Offensive skills need a ton of work... He has no confidence in his 3 balls or midrange shots and as a result his defender sags on him and clogs up the middle and/or double teams Mika... He drives well, but his speed is average and so it's difficult for him to beat his man... When he does get to the rim he can usually finish but he also has a lot of TOs (usually about the same amount as assists)... And his FT shooting is possibly the worst that I've seen from a college Small Forward or Guard... If no improvement look for "hack a Kyle" styrategies from opponents. I've heard he has aspirations of playing at the next level but that won't happen unless he dramatically improves his "O"...

Richmond, VA

Great job on the boards but still woeful from the stripes! Even Haws was struggling and had an off night I thought. Their energy was awesome but their shots were just not falling thus the Dons were still hanging around and even led most of the time in the 2nd half. Glad they pulled out the win though. It'll be interesting to see how they fare against the Zags who lost last night to Memphis the next time around. Can't wait to see!

Go Cougars!

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Sorry - 14 of 29 just isn't going to cut it.

Las Vegas, NV

Keep it up Cougs! You're peaking at a critical time. Everybody seems to be playing better and everyone is gelling. Haws and Collinsworth are becoming a more dangerous 1-2 punch than Haws and Carlino. Collinsworth has been a big surprise and he's very crafty similar to Manu Ginobili in the NBA (minus the free shooting). We'll see how they do on the road this week at Pacific and at St. Mary's. BYU has been an excellent home team this year but on the road with the exception of a couple good road and neutral site games has been dismal. Go Cougars!!

Orem, UT

Games against San Francisco are always nail-biters. Glad to see that BYU was able to pull this one out to secure sole possession of 2nd in the WCC.


Well, if you can't make free throws, offensive rebounding is a good way to compensate. Better free-throw shooting, however, would have made the difference in more than half of BYU's losses so far, and the Santa Clara game on Thursday showed how good the Cougs can be when they knock 'em down.

Idaho Falls, ID

Missed FREE THROWS are killing this team. Maybe they should hire Eddy to teach some shooting skills from the stripe. Eddy Palubinskas came from Australia to play at Ricks College about 1969 or '70. He then followed Pete Maravich as the point guard at LSU and later became a high school coach in Idaho. As a sportscaster for well over 45 years, I had several conversations with Eddy about free throw shooting. He set a Guinness book of world record for free throw shooting that still might stand today. His approach to shooting foul shots is simple and would help anyone improve. He even tutored "Shaq" and improved his shooting tremendously. My advice to BYU coaches is to have their players "study" the shooting technique and then have them go out and practice it.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

BYU is working their way into the NCAA tournament, good for them. A win over Gonzaga would be huge. I look forward to that game, Zags are a little down this year but still a solid team!

Richfield, UT

@idablu, Your 100% right about Carlino, I don't know what coach is thinking. BYU is definatly better with Carlino on the floor, Halford has one great game and Rose acts like they can't do without him. Meanwhile Halford just bricks one 3 pointer after another and never passes one up. I also don't get why he continues to leave Collinsworth in the game at the end when the other team is committing intentional fouls.

Carthage, MO

Congrats Cougs! Didn't play your best game, but still managed to win. Get some rest and come out ready for next week's road trip!

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