Leading scorer Tyler Haws sat out tonight nursing an abdominal strain, but he was little missed as BYU scored 108 points behind big contributions from Anson Winder (22) and Eric Mika (20), as well as some strong production from the Skyler Halford (15) and Frank Bartley IV (16). Matt Carlino had a quite night with just 10 points but a team high 8 assists.
For the first five minutes of the game the Mountaineers kept close with the Cougars making a 14-14 game, but then a few BYU runs and 9 minutes later Mount Saint Mary's was looking at an 18 point deficit. Going in to half time 34-54 had the cougars on top and going strong.
BYU showed off the depth and the talent of the bench with Haws out and Carlino having a bit of an off night (3-13 from the field) the bench picked up 38 points. BYU really handled the game well, controlled the tempo, ran their own offense, and played a really good game. Perhaps best of all the players were really enjoying it, which seemed to enhance the skills. Mid-way through the second half Frank Bartley IV went on a run where he was ballin' it big time, laying it in, draining the three, then near the end of the game it was Mika with several big plays and a slam dunk that got the crowd roaring, pushing the cougars over 100 points and to a game high 36 point lead.
BYU would finish it out with all the starters on the bench, letting all of the backups get some game time. With a final score of 108-76 BYU looked dominant throughout the game. Hopefully they didn't wear themselves out too much because they will be back on the floor tomorrow night against Colorado Mesa. (Plus a big road game at Iowa State next Wednesday.) So if you missed the show tonight be sure to tune in tomorrow and you won't be disappointed. Dave Rose's squad likes to score points, as much and as fast as they can. It was a joy to watch them tonight, and I can only imagine how it will be when Haws is back in and Carlino is on point.