It seems like defense may have been a topic emphasized by Coach Rose in the days since the shootout against Long Beach State last Friday. The BYU Cougars were swarming to the ball and held Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans to only 28 points on 26% shooting in the first half. BYU led by nine points heading into the break thanks mostly to the hot shooting of Chase Fischer and Tyler Haws. A couple of big defensive plays began the second half and allowed the Cougars to extend their lead to 18. Scrappy play by Arkansas-Little Rock and an offensive cool-down by the Cougars allowed the Trojans to climb back into the game. Anson Winder began to catch fire and helped get the transition game going. Once BYU began to settle into their half-court offense the lead quickly grew to 20 and then 30 points. The final Score was 91-63 with Haws and Fischer combining for 35 points on 13/23 shooting. BYU hopes to continue their momentum against Southern Virginia tomorrow at 7 PM.
Kyle Collinsworth was a non-factor for much of the game due to some foul trouble and then taking a knee to the back which caused him to sit for the remainder of the first half and then prevented him from starting the second half.
Fischer is proving to be a sniper when he gets unguarded shots. He also likes to take 3 pointers in transition which means they could score in bunches if he gets on a roll.
While Luke Worthington is not exactly Kareem on the offensive end of the floor, he is much improved over last season when he was mostly a liability. He has a nice repertoire of post moves. He has seen a lot of minutes so far as the second tallest player on the floor behind Neilsen, Austin, Kaufusi, or Andrus. Power forward may be the more natural position for him rather than the Center position he played much of last year.
BYU will stay at home to take on Southern Virginia University at 7 pm Wednesday, November 19th on BYUtv.