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BYU vs. Iowa State Game Story
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Tyler Haws scored 20 points for his ninth-consecutive game dating back to last season. The streak puts him in sixth place all-time by himself. He now has three 20-point games to start his season, halfway to his second all-time mark of 20-point games to start a season that he set last year and four away from the all-time mark.
Eric Mika scored BYU's first 6 points, 8 of its first 11 and 10 of the first 15 points. He had the highest scoring first half of the season before leaving in the second half because of injury. His alley-oop dunk with 5:53 left in the first half punctuated a 19-6 run that gave the Cougars their largest lead at 12 points.
Nate Austin grabbed double digit rebounds in consecutive games for the first time in his career. He set his career high of 12 against Colorado Mesa on Saturday and set a new career high with 13 on his rebound of a one-and-one miss with 15 seconds left.
Matt Carlino finished one point shy of scoring 20. BYU has never lost when Carlino scores 20 or more points. He did finish with seven assists, well above his career average of 4.7. He also stole the ball four times, a season high.
Kyle Collinsworth finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists after finishing the first half with four of each.
Anson Winder returned to the bench after starting the previous two games. He scored six points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out two assists, as well as coming up with a big steal with less than 30 seconds remaining.
With Haws in the starting lineup, it was the third game head coach Dave Rose used Carlino, Collinsworth, Haws, Austin and Mika as starters. The Cougars are now 2-1 with that lineup to begin a game.
BYU had four players score in double figures, after having six score in double figures in each of the previous three games. Haws, Carlino, Mika and Collinsworth all scored more than 10 points for the Cougars. Mika, Carlino and Haws all reached 10 points or more in the first half. Mika reached double figures in just over eight minutes.
BYU outrebounded Iowa State 27 to 19 in the first half. Mika and Austin combined were only three rebounds away from outrebounding the entire Iowa State team in the first half. The Cyclones turned the tables in the second half outrebounding the Cougars 27 to 17 to climb back from a 12-point deficit and hold on for a two-point victory.
BYU and Iowa State each played nine players on Wednesday night, but three of the Cyclones' nine were disqualified, all in the final five minutes of the game.
Mika's alley-oop punctuated a 19-6 run for the Cougars' largest lead of the night at 12 points with 5:53 left in the first half. It took Iowa State 18 minutes to climb back and tie it. They took the lead a minute and half after that with 5:56 left in the game.
BYU is now 9-4 when its games are televised on ESPNU.
BYU made its first 3-pointer at 15:47 in the first half.
With less than five minutes to go BYU shot 7 of 9 from the free throw line, with Haws making all six of his attempts. Iowa State shot 2 of 5, missing the front end of a 1-and-1.
BYU head coach Dave Rose
"I’d like to congratulate Fred and his team. I thought they played a great game. I thought it was a hard fought battle and both teams really gave a great effort. We had quite a few chances there at the end to make a few plays and win the game, but it just seemed like they were a little bit better in their execution late in the game."
"Our guys battled hard; they fought to the end. The resistance that Iowa State gave us was pretty strong. They were really tough around the rim. They were tough offensively and defensively. We gave up a couple of offensive rebounds late for scores that kind of broke our spirits a little bit, but our guys hung in there and we fought to the end but we were just a couple of plays short."
"We rebounded the ball really well for about 30 minutes, then it seemed like the tide changed and they got a couple of really timely offensive rebounds. Those are things that we’ll look at and try and improve on. We had some opportunities at the free throw line we didn’t capitalize on. It’s a long season and this is one game in that season. We’ll use it now to try and make us get better. Our guys know that it was a real winnable game for us and we just kind of fell short."
"Eric did give us some real presence inside, scoring with the ball, but what he really did for us was offensive rebounds. He had five offensive rebounds. We missed quite a few short shots late that were right around the rim that Eric probably could have helped us with."
“I don’t think the game got away from us. We knew we had a chance to win the game and we had our chances down the stretch. We just didn’t make the plays we needed to.”
“You have to give Iowa State a lot of credit. They’re tough guys, long, athletic and they had a great second half.”
“If we could have rebounded a little bit better we could have controlled the pace and tempo more in the second half.”
“I tried to do my defensive work before the pass came in and push him off the block, but [Georges Niang] still scored a few times.”
Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg
"That’s what you do, you find a way to gut out a win when things are going against you."
"We were trying to figure out who could go in there. Daniel had been in the game and he had at least sweat tonight so we decided to go with him and then he makes a heck of a defensive play and banks a free throw, which was pretty important and just a really gutty effort by our guys and not many teams walk out of here with a victory and that’s a great one for our program."
"Matt (Thomas) made some big threes. I thought he stepped up with confidence and knocked down a couple big ones for us, but that was their first time in this environment and you're going to be rattled in that type of situation. I thought (Monte) Morris did a good job of getting Georges the ball where he needed it in the right spot."
"We talked to our team about BYU, that it's going to be a game of runs. They can really heat up in a hurry and they are as fast a team as anybody in the nation and they lived up to it tonight. They were scoring in bunches and once that crowd gets into it it's hard to stop them. We found those two keys, we were getting back in transition and found a way to battle them on the boards. Once we could get it off the board we could get out and run and found some baskets in transition, but they are so good, they are so well coached, and we are happy to walk out of here with a win."
“I thought Dustin really played him well. He has good length and athleticism and you have to make him take tough shots and he's going to make good shots and you have to live with it. He's a big time big time player and I thought we did as possibly could against him and he still scored a bunch of points.”
On Georges Niang:
"Unbelieveable, he was our horse. He got the ball, whether it was on the block or isolated in the midpost area, he just made play after play after play, similar to what he did against Michigan, big time performance by George."