Cougars not hanging their hats on Stanford win

Nov 14, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee on November 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Updated: November 14, 2013 5:32 pm

Despite coming off a big win against Stanford Monday night, the Cougars are not hanging their hats and are continuing to prepare for the long season. 

"We definitely enjoyed the win against Stanford for a couple days," Tyler Haws said. "But, I think we've come back from the high and we're ready for the next challenge."

Head coach Dave Rose was most excited about how his players contributed with energy, focus and urgency. The 112-103 win against Stanford was the most points scored during Rose's coaching era at BYU.

"Now the biggest concern is how do we get better," Rose said. "How do we get better from a game we played really well."

Playing back-to-back games against Mount St. Mary's and Colorado Mesa is not a favorable schedule choice, but Rose and his team will be ready.

"We say that you have to treat every game the same," Haws said. "We prepare it the same way and we can't overlook anyone. We have to be ready to play and we have to look at it just the same as any other game." 

With their three-guard lineup, the Cougars have been able to attack and play the up-tempo speed they've been talking about during the offseason and hope to continue that style of play against Mount St. Mary's.

"They have really good guards," Rose said. "Their three guards are really experienced. We have to attack, we have to make plays, we have to be really unselfish and try to attack their defense."

Matt Carlino who has been averaging 24 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists the past two games has been a big part of BYU's 2-0 record.

"Experience is a big thing," Rose said. "I would say that the experience has given him a lot of confidence and hopefully he can continue to play well." 

The potential was evident in the last two games and Haws attributes it to everyone's attitude on the team. 

"It's very exciting," Haws said. "I love this team because we just compete and fight every single play. No matter if the other team makes a run, we're going to keep coming back and keep fighting."