Five days ago, BYU suffered a close loss to a Big XII team. At times tonight, it appeared a similar script was going to play out in Kansas City as BYU and Texas were in a back and forth game that saw over 20 lead changes throughout. But BYU star, Tyler Haws wouldn’t let the heartbreak from last week repeat itself as Haws scored 18 of BYU’s last 20 points to lead the Cougars over Texas, 86-82 in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
BYU is now 5-1 on the year, while the Longhorns suffered their first loss of the season. Handing the Longhorns their first loss of the season? That sounds familiar. Just like football as we’d like to say.
This was an important win for BYU, who now will play tomorrow in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship game against either #12 Wichita State or DePaul. This non-conference schedule has proven to be very good this year, with quality games throughout. Wins like these are always a good resume builder for Selection Sunday.
Quick thoughts from the game:
- Texas was in this game because of second chance opportunities. The Longhorns big men, Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes each had 10 rebounds. BYU had very few answers for Texas on the defensive end. Something will need to improve as the season goes on. Coach Rose knew BYU didn’t have the depth in this game in the front court to match up with Texas, so the Cougars went to the 2-3 zone. But they have to get rebounds. No excuse for that.
- 83.3%. That’s the percentage BYU shot from treyville tonight against the Longhorns. Huge improvements from the previous two games where BYU shot 5-of-33 from beyond the arc. Matt Carlino led the charge and was sensation from deep.
- Kyle Collinsworth is a near triple double every game, but he will give you heart attacks throughout the night. Had costly turnovers that led to easy Texas scores. Collinsworth had issues with turnovers his freshman season, so this is nothing new. But you live with some of his mistakes, because he quietly fills it up statistically in every stat.
- Frank Bartley continues to grow. Coming into the season I thought Bartley was a project. A guy that would have endless potential but we wouldn’t see much of that in year one. He continues to be a key contributor and had a huge role in the success from the 3-point line tonight as he went 3-for-3 from three.
Hopefully BYU can get a chance against the Shockers tomorrow night on another ESPN channel. The Shockers were in the Final Four last year and are in the Top 25. Would be a great opportunity for BYU to start receiving votes again, and build their resume to get an at-large bid come March.