Point: B+. Broadus got the team going early on, and his two free throws late helped seal the win. He was also great on defense with four steals. He disrupted the Rams offense all night. Austin Ainge made two big three pointers and played well when he spelled Broadus.
Wing: B. Although Brock Reichner and Jimmy Balderson were in double figures this position was pretty quiet. They did rebound well; Reichner and Balderson combined with Jackson Emery to grab 12 of BYU's 33 rebounds. Emery had a great stat line: 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block. He was also solid on defense all night, yet again.
Post: B+. This is a tough match up for the Cougars because of how much height the Rams can throw out there. Trent Plaisted had 10 points, Keena Young added eight and Fernando Malaman, who has come on strong the last few games, had 11. They combined for 15 rebounds and did their best against the huge Colorado State front line. They all played with a lot of energy and toughness.
Coach: A. Coach Rose is proving himself to be a master game planner. He drew up great plays that were giving the team open looks on the perimeter. He chose to avoid the trees inside and the players responded by hitting 11-19 three pointers. The post players readily accepted their role of rebounding and kicking the ball back outside. He is also not afraid to get after his players during the game for missed assignments. He demands constant effort and gets it the majority of the time. The guys love playing for him and the proof is in the results.
- Can anyone remember the last time they saw a game with SIX jump balls in a game? I can't.
- Once again the Cougars exceeded their magic number of four players in double figures as they had five. Broadus led the Cougars with 13.
- Near the end of the game, Broadus air-balled a free throw. The reaction from the bench was priceless. All his teammates busted out laughing and Young even gave him a standing ovation for the effort. Thankfully, the missed free throw did not come back to haunt the Cougars.
- Danny Ainge was in attendance. He helps scout the Mountain West for his Boston Celtics. There were, in my opinion, several potential NBA players in the game. Plaisted for BYU and Jason Smith and Stuart Creason for Colorado State. While he was there on "official business" it would have been nice to see him at least crack a smile when his son knocked down two three pointers.
- BYU is now 19-7 on the line and 11-4 in the MWC. They are tied for second with Air Force.
- The Cougars next game is Saturday against New Mexico. Tip is 7 p.m. MST.
- BYU will be retiring Kesimir Cosic's jersey during halftime. He played from 1970-73. He was an All-American for the Cougars in 1972. He is still ranked in the top ten in scoring and is number two in rebounds in BYU history.