Too bad we don't have a schedule full of sub-500 teams to beat up on...
The win was nice but BYU still needs to work on defense. They are slow and play
dumb sometimes. I agree the refs were bad but they were bad on both sides of
the ball.The refs did not cost Portland the game or did they give it to
BYU. At least they are not as bad a pac refs.
I was also one of those who also shook my head at the officiating. Early in the
first half you could see the Portland coach barking at one of the referees, and
the ref not even looking at the play going on. After that it seemed like every
time down the floor the Cougars got a foul called on them. And what about those
blocking fouls that were really charges (especially the one with the Portland
player's elbow in the neck of the BYU player)? The best part was how the
Cougars didn't let it get to them. I especially liked how Childs handled
things. He was dealing with double and triple teams all through the game and
seldom got a foul called, but he passed the ball to open guys, and still ended
up as the leading scorer. I should also mention Haws, whom I have been a critic
of many times. Haws was superb at running the offense and setting up plays. I
will say that the bench didn't play as well as they are capable of, because
they let Portland get back into the game in the second quarter.
Don't get too pumped up loyal Cougar fans...after all it was just
Portland...a bad team. Go ahead and bask in the glory of the win...but in the
larger scheme of things...not a great accomplishment.I will be
impressed if they beat San Francisco, Pepperdine, St. Mary's, and a few
others...at home or on the road.
What wasn't said is that Portland's run in the 1st half came when
pretty much the entire starting line up was sitting with 2 fouls. That
isn't an excuse, since the reserves have to be able to step up. But it is
a reason.Speaking about the fouls, I continue to shake my head at
how bad officiating is some times. At one point in the first half, Kolby Lee (I
believe) was called for a foul away from the ball. It was...questionable.
Then, at the other end, Lee drives to basket only to be hammered on three
sides...and no call. There was just no consistency. At one point a guy is
called for a foul for breathing on an opponent, at another they were letting
super-hard contact go. And I really "loved" it when Cannon was called
for a foul after being shoved to the floor by the man he was guarding.The NCAA also needs to address the whole offensive foul thing. It is being
called way too much, and often when defenders don't really have position.
Good job - do it again!
BYU stomps at home. Little bro in red gets stomped at home.The
universe was in perfect order tonight!
Wow. Portland. Not exactly a seismic win for the Cougs. But, I guess now is as
good a time as any to get back on a winning track. Go Cougs!