Cougar Bounces: Weber State

It was not the prettiest of games to behold, but in the end, it was good enough to get a tough road win. BYU defeated Weber State 73-69 in overtime. The bad news is that BYU allowed a mediocre team to take them to overtime. The good news is that the Cougars have the mental toughness to regroup and go 2-0 in overtime games this season.

The Cougars were led by a career high 27 points from senior forward Keena Young. He scored 21 of those after halftime. He was the go-to player for BYU. There was an emphasis on getting him the ball and Young responded. His moves were simply unstoppable.

BYU also got a taste of what they dished out to UCLA in the season opener. Weber State hit on seven of 11 three-point attempts in the second half to keep the game tight. Every time the Cougs were able to open a three- or four-point lead, the Wildcats were able to reel them back in with a timely three-pointer.

The Cougars also saw what great offensive rebounding can do as well. By more than doubling up Weber's efforts on the offensive glass, BYU was able to take 13 more shots. In a close game, where neither team led by more than five points, those extra chances were essential in pulling out the win.


Point: C+. Austin Ainge had his worst shooting night of the season and Rashaun Broadus did not shoot much better. Together they were 5-17 (29-percent). They dished out just four assists. Until BYU gets better play from this position, they will continue to struggle.

Wing: C+. Aside from Lee Cummard's 12 points and five rebounds, there was not much to talk about from the wing spot. Jimmy Balderson had five turnovers, although his four steals helped to make up for it. It seemed Balderson was more of a factor on defense and got lost on offense. There were very few minutes to the other wing players.

Post: A. This grade is all Young – another double-double, with 11 rebounds and of course, the career high in points. The 27 points were the most by a Cougar in the last three years. Trent Plaisted continued his struggles with just nine points, six rebounds and another three fouls. Both played more than 35 minutes, so the other post players' roles were extremely limited.

Coach: B. Young was recognized as the hot hand and the Cougars rode his scoring all through the second half. The game was close throughout and the coaches stuck with a lineup that was both experienced and working. Six players played at least 27 minutes, including three who were in for all but five to ten minutes. The coaches knew how important a road win could be for the team's confidence and did all they could to get it.

Spiff's Observations

- This was a bad game between two bad teams – especially in the first half.

- BYU has had 17 or more turnovers in four of their six games.

- It was a back and fourth throughout the game. No team led by more than five points and there were at least 14 ties during the game.

- With 90-percent of the minutes going to six players, it makes me wonder if Coach Dave Rose has already started to shorten his bench.

- I'm still waiting for the team I watched during the fall practices to show up. For whatever reasons, the level of confidence has quickly dropped. The players are not playing with the same intensity or effort.

- While Plaisted is still struggling, against Weber he was able to keep out of foul trouble. He did not pick up any of the silly fouls that have limited his play in previous games. Plaisted must start scoring, but it is good to see his rebounding remain solid.

- The Cougars next game is in Provo on Wednesday night against San Jose State. Tip-off is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on the mountain.

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