Game Day Grades: BYU vs. USF

TBS Editor-in-Chief
Posted Feb 9, 2014


Jake Hatch hands out grades for tonight's BYU win over the San Francisco Dons. BYU is now 17-9 on the season and is now in 2nd place in the WCC with the 9-4 conference mark.

Grading System-I grade players on 1-10 scale with 10 being a all-time performance (Think Jimmer Fredette against San Diego State) and 1 being the a game that you throw your hands up and just forget it because it was that pitiful.

Backcourt

The BYU backcourt had been enjoying a good run over their preceding three home games but found it to be tougher sledding against the Dons relentless pressure. Ultimately, the backcourt did what they needed to solidify a victory. Free throw shooting took a step backwards tonight after being so solid the last few games. Grade: 5.5

Tyler Haws

Haws was bothered by Mark Tollefsen's length all night long. Tollefsen ultimately fouled out and that opened up some looks but Haws labored the entire game. He finished the night 7/20 for 19 points but he earned every point he scored. USF was determined to not let Haws beat them. All in all, it was a gutty performance for the Cougars swingman. Grade: 5.5

Kyle Collinsworth

Collinsworth picked up the offensive slack in the 1st half when Tyler Haws couldn’t get on track. KC posted 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Collinsworth does so much work all over the court that seeing a stat sheet like tonights may be taken for granted. Collinsworth had been looking much improved from the free throw line leading up to tonight but his abysmal performance from the stripe (2/8) makes you wonder if he’s back to square one. Grade: 6.5

Skyler Halford

Halford has had up and down games since he entered the starting lineup for the Cougars. Tonight’s performance was a down performance. Halford went 1/5 for 2 points and was replaced on the court by Matt Carlino. Grade: 4.0

Matt Carlino

Matt came off the bench and played another solid game. He’s embraced the 6th Man role on this team and the Cougars needed him to play well tonight with Haws and Halford struggling. Carlino responded well. He finished 3/9 for 11 points and a game high 9 assists. Matt’s three pointers in the 2nd half were big shots that energized the team and crowd. Player of the game. Grade: 7.0

Anson Winder Winder had a reduced role tonight as Dave Rose acknowledged he was looking for a lineup that could get clicking offensively. Winder isn’t an offensive sparkplug and only saw the court for 3 minutes as a result. Grade: Incomplete

Frank Bartley IV Bartley got in the final seconds of the first half as a defensive substitution so he wasn’t able to make much of an impact. Grade: Incomplete

Frontcourt

The big men had a monster night on the boards tonight. Combined they collected 20 offensive rebounds that made the key difference in the outcome on a night where the Cougars were not shooting well from the field. Grade: 6.0

Nate Austin

Austin was a man possessed on the glass tonight. He finished the night with a career-high 16 rebounds, 8 of which came on the offensive side. Only had 4 points but his defense, especially a late charge he drew, was invaluable to BYU tonight. Tonight was a great performance for the junior. Grade: 7.0

Eric Mika

The freshman sensation is finding his way again. Mika took on a rebounding role alongside Austin and also set a career-high with 13 boards. His back to the basket game is coming along, a testament to BYU assistant coach Mark Pope’s work with him. Mika totaled 13 points on the night. Grade: 6.5

Josh Sharp

Sharp contributed nothing on the stat sheet but he wasn’t expected to do much in a game like tonights. Sharp was asked to come in and play defense and defend he did. San Francisco likes to spread teams out and having a wiry big man like Sharp who can step out to the perimeter and defend was big. Grade: 5.0

Luke Worthington

Worthington was a non-factor tonight. His effective range on both ends of the court is limited to the painted area. Against a team like USF his usefulness was limited as evidenced by his only playing 5 minutes, mainly in the first half of tonight’s contest. Grade: Incomplete

Overall

BYU struggled in tonight’s game. San Francisco hung with the Cougars all night. BYU did not shoot the ball well, finishing the game shooting 41.7%. The rebounding advantage (47-29) made the difference tonight as the second looks allowed BYU to do just enough to gut out a win and claim sole possession of second place in the WCC standings. Free throw shooting woes returned to plague BYU. The Cougars still need to work on taking the points from the charity stripe. Tonight’s outcome would have a much different feel if BYU had connected on 75% of their attempts. Grade: 6.0


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