BYU basketball report card: Carlino, Cougars pull out win over San Francisco

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  • FuzzyLogic VACAVILLE, CA
    Jan. 17, 2014 9:19 p.m.

    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 62.4%.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:07 p.m.

    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.

  • truth serum Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 2:41 p.m.

    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.

  • pby47 St George, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    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.

  • Utes Delta, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    Chris B,

    You despicable traitor! You watched the game?!?! Utes 4eva. Cougz never!

  • SkookumDon Tacoma, WA
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    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.

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    Chris -

    Does that mean you watched the game?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 6:59 a.m.

    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?

  • atlcoug Atlanta, GA
    Jan. 17, 2014 5:49 a.m.

    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?