BYU Finishes Regular Season at 14-2 in MWC

BYU was tested in its final regular-season game Saturday by TCU, but was able to pull out a victory (61-54) behind Jonathon Tavernari's 17 points. The win gave BYU its 25th win of the season (a BYU regular-season record) and a 14-2 MWC record. Coach Rose has brought BYU a long way since it was 9-21 right before he took over. I would vote him MWC Coach of the Year. Grades are in for the victory.

Point Guard: B+

Ben Murdock played very well Saturday, as he had five assists to one turnover in only 21 minutes of play. He knocked down 3-4 free throws and ended the game with three points, but it was his distributing that got him the 'B+' grade. Murdock also contributed two steals for the Cougars defensively.

Shooting Guard: B

Burgess was on fire in the first half, leading the Cougars in scoring with 12 points on three three-pointers, but he ended the game with 13 points on 4-12 shooting from the field. He also contributed two assists, one turnover and three rebounds. Sam Burgess had a great year from the outside this season, knocking down 52 three-pointers.

Small Forward: B+

If I have to hear the MTN's announcers call Lee Cummard "Spiderman" one more time, I'm going to start putting the TV on mute and listening to Greg Wrubell. Regardless of what they call Lee, he played well again, scoring 16 points on 6-11 shooting and pulling down eight boards. He played even better in the first half when he pulled down six boards and had seven points. Lee also took a charge from Hackett that gave him his fourth foul and slowed down the momentum of TCU by getting their best player in foul trouble. Lee also had three blocks Saturday, as he was tough again on defense.

Lee Cummard has knocked down 52 treys this season, and if it's worth anything, is my MWC Player of the Year.

Power Forward: B

Jonathan Tavernari ended the regular season with the record for most three-pointers in BYU history (78). JT had 10 points in the first half, and knocked down two treys from downtown. He ended the game with a game-high 17 points on 6-15 shooting. He also pulled down four rebounds, dished two assists and had two steals. JT did not shoot the ball exceptionally well, but he shot well enough to keep the Cougars up and he hit some big shots late in the game.

Center: C

Plaisted was very quiet in the first half, going 1-2 from the field and having only two points. I don't remember the last time that Trent did not have double digit points, but Saturday he ended with only nine on 2-6 shooting. Trent pulled down six boards, three on defense and three on offense. Once again, Trent led the team in turnovers with four. The Horned Frogs defended well against Trent and denied him the ball on the block.

Bench: B-

With the exception of Mike Loyd, no one came off the bench and played well. Jimmer Fredette did not score Saturday, but did have a great pass to Plaisted in the lane that got the Cougars going. Chris Collinsworth was consistent on the boards again, pulling down five in 17 minutes. Loyd had career highs in rebounds (4), assists (3) and steals (2), and was a spark plug for the Cougars as he played big minutes in place of Ben Murdock.

Coach: A+

Coach Rose has done a tremendous job getting the Cougars to the position they are at now. He has won back-to-back MWC championships and took the Cougars to a 14-2 record in the MWC this year. He also got the Cougars to 25 wins through 31 games, the most regular-season wins ever for a BYU team. He has done a fantastic job.

Next Up: MWC Tourney in Las Vegas: Thursday against winner between Colorado State and Wyoming


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