Brad Rock: Crowd can't boost Cougars past team shooting for No. 1

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  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 2, 2013 8:51 p.m.

    Agree with Chauncy. Classy comments.
    I was embarrassed by Kaufusi's antics. It is possible to play physical without acting like a jerk. He goes for the hard foul almost every time, even when he doesn't need to. I like having a physical presence in the middle but he really needs to scale it back a notch or 2.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    March 2, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    So refreshing to have a classy comment from a Gonzaga fan. It is good to be in the WCC.

  • ParkerCoug12 Parker, CO
    March 2, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    BYU played well and with heart. I would like to see Winder get more playing time. I realize it was senior night and they played the seniors as much as possible, but Winder is the best defender and is one of the few guards that can take his defender to the hoop. They really need a seasoned JC Big Man to come in and help the team right away. I like Haws, and expect he will have more energy next year when he fully recovers from his mission. He seems a little worn down versus the beginning of the season.

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    March 2, 2013 2:33 a.m.

    The A Game so did your precious aggies welcome to the world of a 20 game winning season of BYU basketball

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 1, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    Nevada Coug

    Could not agree with you more. Don't confuse my comment about a 'moral victory' as being relevant to this game. It was not. Simply there to agitate those that have a long history of having to hug 'moral victories' in the absence of any frequent wins... like our Ute and now lone Aggie friend attempting to entertain us.

    BYU played well, even tied the Zags, but once again the lack of consistency at the charity stripe killed this opportunity.

    Close games are what they are... losses and an opportunity to learn from the mistakes.

    When will they learn is the question?

    But I do find it amusing that one Aggie fan finds it necessary to lecture BYU fans about close games against #2 opponents.

    It was still an entertaining game in spite of the loss.

    On to the tournament.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    March 1, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    BYU-Lone Peak HS plays smart basketball, wish we could say the same for the Varsity...the two quick fouls by Davies...and there were other plays that were just dumb basketball. Cougs also missed a lot of close in shots which were hurried. I thought the crowd was responsible for the team not giving up and playing hard to the end, loved the fans great enthusiasm, didn't love that the BYU kept making same mistakes they've made in previous games.

  • The A Game Logan, UT
    March 1, 2013 5:34 p.m.


    That's because "moral victories" don't exist. Justify your loss however you like, you win or lose. It's kind of like BYU fans attempting (we appreciate how hard you try) to know sports, in which case, you obviously lose. "Losing by 5 is really losing by 2 because...."

    Yep, that pretty much explains it. Enjoy, loss (you can call it a moral loss if you really want).

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    March 1, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    Haws is the real deal. 2 more years, he'll be NBA quality if he wants it.
    No one else there is of national note or quality. These incoming stellar kids have an open canvas, they better come ready to paint a masterpiece or the program will waste Haws and Rose will be gone.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 1, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    This "moral victory" is rather sour for me, especially when I look at the box score and see how many free throws BYU missed.

    Make just two more, and maybe they don't have to foul late in the game and have a chance at a game winning buzzer beater.

    Or maybe make a few more front end one-and-ones and have enough points to win.

    It's irritating that in at least 3 of their conference losses, BYU has shot far below their season free throw percentage. That is a big reason they are going to have a really difficult time reaching 25 wins and the NCAA tournament this season.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 1, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    The A Game

    Why can't BYU fans have their 'moral victory'?

    If any one should be allowing a moment of glory for a close game it should be an Aggie fan.

    We all know and appreciate how many times the Aggies have come up short! LOL

  • The A Game Logan, UT
    March 1, 2013 3:32 p.m.


    Seriously? Leave it to BYU fans to justify taking points off the scoreboard to make the game look closer. News flash: one winner, one loser. Doesn't matter if it's by 20 or 5, BYU still lost. Welcome to the world of sports.

  • tigger AMERICAN FORK, UT
    March 1, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    It was a fun game to watch. Even the "old folks" were cheering. And...let's face it, Gonzaga will always have a soft spot for anyone who remembers the Stockton to Malone days. I will admit, I cheered whenever his son scored.

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    March 1, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Agree with JD Tractor about Haws. He is and always will be clutch. Almost all of his mid-range shots are contested, he's usually rock solid at the free throw line, and he's carrying the offense most of the time given the lack of other, consistent scores--amazing when you consider he's fresh back from his mission.

    But if you want proof he's clutch, he hit the go-ahead bucket with 2 seconds left against St. Mary's, he took Lone Peak to 3 championships in HS (winning 2, losing his senior year to West Jordan), and he's the number 9 scorer in the nation despite getting the best defensive player guarding him each game. The fact that Haws and Davies are Nos. 1 and 3 in WCC scoring should tell you that too much of our offense comes from just a few, and good teams are able to focus their defense on those two. Even last year, BYU had 4 different guys who could carry the team on a given night (Harstock, Davies, Abouo, Carlino). Hopefully, Mika and Kyle Colllinsworth will be able to lighten Haws' load next year and others on the team develop into more consistent options.

  • haunyocker Springville, UT
    March 1, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    In a few days, Gonzaga will be named the #1 team in the country. Last night I saw a scrappy, tough and determined Cougar team give all they had. They lost by just two point to an exceptional Zags team, if you take away the intentional fouls because of time. It was a great game. Also some big cheers to the Zags, love to be in your league. And I for one will be rooting for a national championship for them. BYU had nothing to be ashamed of last night. They never gave up.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    March 1, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    IRS Agent: Great line about the Utes' line.

    I live on the east coast and even thought BYU lost, it was well-worth staying up until 1:30 a.m. to watch this epic game. Reminded me of the glory days of the Big East.

  • IRS Agent PROVO, UT
    March 1, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    BYU students waiting in line for days to see the game. The last time the Utah basketball program saw a line, it was a line of players at the athletic directors door waiting to get out of the program.

    Glad to see the Cougars put up some fight and not back down. Last time they looked like a bunch of school girls getting bullied on the playground. Solid effort last night. No reason to hang your heads on that one.

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    March 1, 2013 11:08 a.m.


    The Zags are playing great and pulling off a win in the Marriott Center isn't an easy task, even during a rebuilding season for the Cougars.

    Don't worry about Bronson, he just gets caught up in the heat of battle and still hasn't transitioned fully from football to basketball. BYU lost two senior big men to career-ending injuries before the season began, so Kaufusi was only a temporary fill in to give BYU some much needed depth in the middle. He'll be rejoining the football team soon.

    #1 high school team in the nation's Erik Mika will be BYU's center next season. If you're interested in seeing a preview of BYU basketball for many years to come, check out the streaming video of Lone Peak High School's 5-A Semi-Final game today at 4:10 p.m.

  • JD Tractor Iowa City, IA
    March 1, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    Stand down Cody Cougar, that's enough out of you. Haws is just back from a two year hiatus, the eleventh best scorer in the nation and helping a team that was planning on two seniors this year, Rogers and Collingsworth. Haws has been mugged, pushed, beat and shoved around this year and is putting up great numbers.

    There is no way he deserves your short sighted comment.

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    March 1, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    @ CodyCougar,

    I would argue that every shot Haws makes is clutch because he knows he has to carry most of the load and without his scoring we wouldn't be in the game at the end.

  • Chauncey Spokane, WA
    March 1, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    Comment from a ZAGNUT in Spokane:
    BYU plays hard and is a great addition to the league and good counter-balance to arch-enemy
    St Mary's (probably for both GU and BYU). You will find that Randy Bennett is an insecure wanna- be jerk (St Mary's coach). Watch him when we goes through the line at the end of the game...
    he just blows by and doesn't even acknowledge the opposing coach (contrast that to Mark Few and Dave Rose who are class guys, win or lose). That was a terrific venue in Provo and a great effort by BYU. My Zags won, but you should be proud of your team....with one exception: Bronson Kartusi. I think he thinks he is Jack "Hack Saw" Reynolds the former All Pro football player.
    The "throw down and stare em down" thing was real weird. Get him out of there.Are there arrest warrants out for this guy? Anyway great game, tough game. Glad you are part of the WCC.

  • CodyCougar Madison, SD
    March 1, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    Until Haws makes some clutch shots in a big game, he's not an elite player and the media shouldn't be hanging his uniform from the rafters of the MC.

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    March 1, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    I hate, hate, HATE the floater/runner/teardrop. Zylstra missed two last night, one at a crucial point late in the game, and I don't remember him making one of those all year. Same with Cusick and Carlino. Evan though Haws missed a short pull up jumper late, he is usually very good at that shot. It is definitely the better option. The floater is low percentage and quite often the shooter drifts into a defender for an offensive foul.