(Photo by Marcos Escalona/BYU Photo)
Cougar Tipoff Game Story
Matt Carlino was the leading scorer when the first team players were split apart and combined. He scored 14 in the first half and 17 in the second.
Kyle Collinsworth did the same in assists, dishing out three in the first half and four in the second.
Eric Mika was one rebound away from doing the same as he grabbed eight boards in the first half and five in the second, one behind Kyle Collinsworth and Josh Sharp in the second.
Frank Bartley IV and Skyler Halford led the team in steals over both halves. Each of them swiped two.
Three different Cougars threw one down on Wednesday night. Eric Mika in both the first half and second, Frank Bartley in the first half off a steal and Tyler Haws in the first half after pushing the ball after a made free throw on the other end.
The seven newcomers played well in both halves. Mika led all new scorers with 19 points, 10 in the second half. He also was the leading rebounder with 13. Skyler Halford scored 17, Bartley scored five, Andrew Johnston 10, Luke Worthington four and Graham Pingree three. Transfer Chase Fischer, who will sit out this year, scored 11 and dished out five assists. Worthington pulled down six boards, while Bartley and Pingree each had four.
Collinsworth returned to the court after his mission and scored four points, pulled down 10 rebounds, assisted seven times and blocked one shot.
BYU had six different players record a block (Anson Winder, Carlino, Mika, Bartley, Collinsworth and Pingree).
The white team went on a 12-0 run in the second half as part of a greater 36-15 run over the final 9:22. Tyler Haws scored six of his 14 points during the run that made it 40-26 after it was 28-26. Mika added four points of his own to the run, while Sharp added two. The biggest runs for either team in the first half were only five and seven points long.
Seven players played double digit minutes in the second half (all five starters, Mika, Sharp, Collinsworth, Haws, Carlino, as well as Halford and Bartley).
The sixth man was originally Frank Bartley, subbing for Sharp at 17:08 after the half. Halford came off the bench as the second sixth man, subbing for Carlino with 5:33 left after the starters had played together for a minute and everyone but Mika for three minutes before that.
Mika and Luke Worthington were only ever subbed for one another. Bartley subbed in for Haws and Sharp. Collinsworth, Carlino, Winder, Halford all subbed in or came out for another in the group.
BYU head coach Dave Rose used 13 different lineup combinations on Wednesday night. The starters played for a combined 3:56 together in the second half. The second most used lineup included Collinsworth, Winder, Halford, Bartley and Mika. That group was on the floor for 2:46, while the starters with Worthington subbed in for Mika were on the floor for 2:29. Worthington, Sharp, Winder, Bartley and Halford were on the floor together for 2:13 to close out the second half. Those groups were the only ones to last more than two minutes together in the game.
"I’m really pleased with the effort we had. We played really hard. This was a new situation for a lot of those guys.
"We had a lot of execution issues that we can dissect, but we got back to where we were pushing it up with the pass and reversing it from side to side and we got a lot better shots. It was a lot more like us."
"We saw a lot of good things from the scrimmage and a lot of things to improve on. All in all I’m really pleased with the guys tonight and their effort."
"This year is a lot different. Practice has been a lot different. We have a group of guys that comes in and they run a lot of different sets. Those guys play hard and they execute their stuff well. You have to guard them."
"We wanted to play that second half with our guys. We wanted to put different lineups together and juggle them around a little bit because there are so many new players. We felt this would help our guys the most."
"I think we saw, in that second half, the guys got better the more time they were on the floor and the more comfortable they were. They shared the ball well."
"I was really pleased with the blue team and how hard they played. They hit open shots."
"We did a lot of good things tonight. We had a lot of energy, we played at a really fast pace and we moved the ball. When we do those things we have chances to be really good. Just moving the ball and making the right plays.
"It’s a fun group of guys and I feel like the new guys have come in and have done a good job of figuring out the system. We are ready to go."
"Kyle is a really good passer. He will find you if you can get open."
"It was fun. It definitely wasn't what I expected. I think I was a little more tired than I thought I would be, because it was the first time under the lights like that, and the biggest stage I have ever played on. But with the Marriott center not even a quarter full it was still loud so it was a lot of fun."