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Cougars whip the Wildcats

Led by team leaders, Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino, the BYU Cougars beat in-state opponent Weber State by a score of 81-72. After withstanding a few runs by the Wildcats, the Cougars put the game away and won their home opener.

Tyler Haws shoots agains Baylor
Tyler Haws shoots agains Baylor
Cooper Neill

On a night where Tyler Haws missed three free-throws, but scored 28 points and had a double-double, BYU took out their first opponent by a score of 81-72.  BYU was led by Haws 28 and Matt Carlino's 22 points.  Haws added 13 rebounds to his points and took over in the second half when the Wildcats were trying to make a run.  Three Cougars scored in double digits while Weber State had four.

First Half

BYU started off the game strong by keeping Weber State to 1-13 shooting in the beginning and building a double-digit lead right out of the gate.  Led by Haws 14 points and Carlino's 11 points the Cougars built a 19 point lead before allowing the Wildcats to end on an 11-3 run to end the half.  The Cougars walked into the locker room with an 11 point lead but after leading 41-22, the 44-33 halftime lead was a disappointment.

Second Half

Weber State continued their run into the second half as the pulled within single digits shortly after halftime.  BYU would weather the storm and came back to lead again by 20 before allowing a final push by the Wildcats.  The nine point win as a bit deceiving as BYU misfired on their last four shots and the Wildcats ended on an 8-0 run.  The Cougars big men, Eric Mika and Nate Austin, found themselves in foul trouble and allowed Weber State to dominate the inside of the paint.

Results

Along with Haws and Carlino, Kyle Collinsworth ended with 11 points  and six rebounds.  Austin added eight rebounds while Mika added five rebounds and three blocks.  WSU was led by Kyle Tresnak who scored 24 with six rebounds and Davion Berry who had 23 and five.  Jeremy Senglin added 14 points and Joel Bolomboy added 11 points and 13 rebounds.  BYU shot 44% from the field but only 33% from behind the arc and ended up 70% from the free throw line.  Although the Cougars won the rebounding battle, it was only by six.  Weber State ended up with nine assists but was doubled up by BYU who had 18.

Next Game

BYU will take part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon when they travel to face Stanford at Maples Pavilion on Monday, November 11th at 9pm MST.  The game can be seen on ESPN2.