Defensive domination aside, the biggest disparity between BYU and Virginia may have been their benches.
The Cavaliers didn't have one. The Cougars did.Consider: In 36 minutes, Virginia's reserves scored one point, missed all three field goals they attempted, had three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
A line like that would get most players sent down to the junior varsity.
BYU's bench, on the other hand, scored 22 points, pulled down 17 rebounds, made six of 11 shots, had four assists and a blocked shot, in 63 minutes.
The biggest bench contributor for the Cougs was center-forward Gary Trost, who led the team with 13 points and 11 rebounds. After missing both shots he took in the first half and failing to score, Trost earned his coach's praise by hitting all four of his shots in the second period, as well as five of six free throws.
"He really hasn't had a bad game this year," Reid said. "When he hasn't scored, he's rebounded and played defense."
Trost's rebound and layup six minutes into the second half gave the Cougs their first lead of the period, and his tip-in a few minutes later started the Cougars on a 7-0 run that put the Cavaliers in a position of having to play catch-up.
Heslop, the Cougars' designated three-point shooter, had only one field goal in the game, but it was a critical one. With the Cougs ahead 36-33 and the shot clock winding down, Heslop hit a difficult 15-foot jumper and added a free throw after being fouled. He added four more free throws as BYU held off the Cavaliers from the foul line.
BYU-Virginia statistics\ Pts. Rb. Assts. Min.
Cougars 22 17 4 63
Cavaliers 1 3 1 36