Cougar Bounces

For a team that was picked to finish last in the Mountain West Conference, BYU went in to their final league road game with a chance to move into second place. Although other factors kept the Cougars from reaching that place in the standings, BYU did escape Forth Worth with a 81-72 win.

TCU came into the game riding an eight-game losing streak. The Cougars were winners in seven of their last eight, but the way the two teams played in the first half it was hard to tell which team was in last place. The Horned Frogs turned the ball over 12 times in the first half. BYU was equally inept shooting just 37-percent from the floor, as they could not take advantage of all the TCU miscues.

The first half also featured a most unusual circumstance. With just over a minute to go and with BYU in possession, the game and shot clocks froze. Play continued for several moments until finally coaches and officials realized it. After a more than five minute delay, officials ruled that BYU had the ball for 37 seconds and it was a shot-clock violation – TCU ball. Technically, it was the correct call, but this rule needs to be reexamined. How a player is supposed to know to keep track of the shot clock in their head and mentally know when to get a shot off without the help of the visual clock is beyond me.

In the second half, BYU finally got untracked and started scoring in bunches. Keena Young scored all 15 of his points in the final frame. Jimmy Balderson and Lee Cummard also hit important three-pointers in the half as BYU was able to pull away at the end.

GRADES:

Point: B+. Rashaun Broadus and Austin Ainge combined for 18 points, six rebounds and ten assists. That's good production from the point, especially on the road. Their six turnovers are a tad high, but their defense helped force 20 TCU turnovers. When BYU was struggling to make shots in the first half, Broadus was hitting his to keep BYU in the game.

Wing: B. Brock Reichner had a rough shooting night (2-7). Jackson Emery and Jimmy Balderson did their best to contain Nile Murry, TCU's top scorer. But three days after more than containing Brandon Heath, Murry scored 25. Balderson did score 11, making all four of his shots. Lee Cummard came off the bench to add ten of his own and grabbed three rebounds. All told, the wings scored 29 and had six rebounds.

Post: B+. Trent Plaisted might wish he could play TCU every night. He set a career high in rebounds for the second time against the Horned Frogs. His 18 were the most by a Cougar in 15 years (Gary Trost also had 18 in 1991). He actually had a double-double by halftime which, like Broadus' shooting, helped BYU take a lead to the locker room. Keena Young, playing his first game in his home state of Texas, scored 15 second half points and helped BYU shake free of TCU.

Coach: A. Coach Dave Rose kept fiddling with his lineup in the game until he found one that worked. With multiple stoppages in play as officials worked the clock issues, Rose kept his team focused. When it seemed TCU could not miss late in the second half, he drew up plays that kept the Cougars scoring too. He emphasized the need to feed the post and his players responded as Plaisted and Young took 23 of the teams 54 shots and scored 32 of BYU's 81.

OBSERVATIONS:

- For the second time in three games a BYU player picked up a technical foul. Jimmy Balderson picked one up in the first half which contributed to a 10-0 TCU run.

- For the second straight game the team struggled to make free throws early. The Cougars were 11-22 at one point. But like the San Diego State game they finished strong, making 14-18. It might be better to miss early than late, but it is best when free throws are not missed at all.

- BYU's 40 free throw attempts were a season high.

- A total of 51 fouls were called in the game, yet only one player fouled out.

- Plaisted continued his strong play and strengthened his case as MWC Freshman of the Year.

- If Coach Rose is not selected as Coach of the Year, the whole voting process needs to be scrapped as it clearly would not represent who the best coach in the conference was this season.

- In all ten of BYU's conference wins they have had at least four players in double figures. In only one of their seven losses on the year, have they had four in double figures. It seems that BYU needs four scorers to be successful.

- Mike Rose continued his scoreless streak, as he has not scored since the first San Diego State game.

- The win improved BYU to 18-7 on the year and 10-4 in the MWC. With Air Force beating UNLV, the Cougars are now alone in third place.

- The Cougars next game is Wednesday. They are at home against Colorado State. Tip-off is 7 p.m. MST. The game will not be televised.


BYU Cougars
STARTERSMIN FGM-A FTM-A 3PTM-A OFF REB AST PF TO STL BLK PTS
K. Young, F 274-117-100-0341311115
T. Plaisted, F 366-125-100-06180350217
R. Broadus, G 245-85-81-2154340016
J. Emery, G 210-21-20-113031201
B. Reichner, G 212-71-22-500302207
BENCHMIN FGM-A FTM-A 3PTM-A OFF REB AST PF TO STL BLK PTS
M. Rose, G 30-10-00-100000000
A. Ainge, G 170-12-20-102602202
F. Malaman, F 141-30-00-012020112
J. Balderson, G 194-41-22-2000302011
L. Cummard, G 183-53-41-3031400010
TOTALS FGM-A FTM-A 3PTM-A OFF REB AST PF TO STL BLK PTS
25-5425-406-15123715211510481
46.3%62.5% 40% 


TCU Horned Frogs
STARTERSMIN FGM-A FTM-A 3PTM-A OFF REB AST PF TO STL BLK PTS
J. Stubbs, F 285-92-31-25122550113
A. Pierce, F 100-10-00-012043000
N. Murry, G 3310-192-23-8015422025
N. Owens, G 375-70-23-3043422013
N. P Dougherty, G 301-12-30-000630005
BENCHMIN FGM-A FTM-A 3PTM-A OFF REB AST PF TO STL BLK PTS
B. Hackett, G 100-10-00-000120000
F. Ibikunle, F 80-21-40-014012001
D. Markley, G 10-00-00-000000000
C. Chinweze, F 256-103-70-0151320115
B. Adams, G 140-50-00-102010100
A. Taylor, C 40-00-00-011030000
TOTALS FGM-A FTM-A 3PTM-A OFF REB AST PF TO STL BLK PTS
27-5510-218-169311830205272
49.1%47.6% 50% 

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