Breaking down BYU’s 31-2 lead against Georgia State

Nov 14, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton on November 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

BYU opened last night’s game with an impressive display of offensive efficiency and defensive prowess as the Cougars sandwiched Georgia State’s first basket between runs of 15-0 and 16-0 to lead 31-2. Following is a rundown of every BYU possession during the first 9:29 of the game to show just how good the Cougars were during the run.

Possession Score
Haws three assisted by Carlino 3-0
Haws three assisted by Davies 6-0
Missed jumpers by Davies and Sharp 6-0
Davies jumper assisted by Haws 8-0
Davies layup assisted by Carlino 10-0
Davies jumper assisted by Carlino 12-0
Zylstra three assisted by Carlino 15-0
Missed jumper by Sharp 15-2
Davies jumper assisted by Zylstra 17-2
Sharp turnover 17-2
Zylstra three assisted by Haws 20-2
Haws three assisted by Davies 23-2
Carlino layup 25-2
Carlino turnover 25-2
Carlino layup 27-2
Carlino layup 29-2
Missed jumper by Cusick 29-2
Haws layup assisted by Austin 31-2

The Cougars scored on 13 of their first 18 possessions, shot 76.5 percent (13 of 17) from the field and 100.0 percent (5 of 5) from three. The team’s first nine buckets were assisted before Carlino scored three-straight layups off steals. Neither BYU nor Georgia State shot free throws during the run.

In the postgame media press conference, Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies were asked if they’d ever played in a game with a similar beginning. They answered no, but we both wrong. As freshmen along with Brock Zylstra, on BYU’s 30-win 2009-10 team, they played in a game with a slightly more prolific start.

On Dec. 19, 2009, BYU hosted Eastern Washington. On the game’s opening possession, Noah Hartsock was called for an offensive foul. After Eastern Washington’s Mark Dunn hit a jumper at the 19:14 mark, the Cougars went on a run for the ages, scoring 33-unanswered points before the Eagles hit two free throws at the 8:54 mark to cut BYU’s advantage to 29 at 33-4.

Similar to the Georgia State run, Haws got things started, scoring in the paint to tie things up. That shot was followed by Jimmer Fredette, Chris Miles and Jackson Emery combining to score the next eight points to make it 10-2. Haws had eight of the next 11 points on two threes and jumper and capped the run with another jump shot to give him 12 of BYU’s first 33 points.

During the run, the Cougars shot 73.7 percent (14 of 19) from the field and 60.0 percent from three (3 of 5). Six of the makes were assisted and four of the five misses were rebounded by BYU and converted into a made shot giving the Cougars eight second-chance points during the run. The most glaring issues during the run were five turnovers and 2 of 4 shooting from the free throw line. Unlike the Georgia State game, BYU’s opponent had a chance to score from the free throw line during the big run but failed to convert on either attempt.

Davies and Zylstra both played in the game but not during the 33-0 run. Davies finished the game with 12 points on 5 of 5 shooting while Zylstra added two points and four rebounds. BYU won by a final score of 91-34.