The game started off in BYU's favor with Mika having a quick bucket and the foul. He had 8 points early on until he got into foul trouble. BYU was up 8-3, the largest lead BYU had the entire game until UMass had an 11-0 run. BYU never led the rest of the game.
BYU trailed 52-41 at halftime but stormed out of the gates in the second half going on a quick 6-0 run pulling within 5 with a couple UMass turnovers and defensive adjustments by Coach Dave Rose. The bulk of the game BYU played a 2-3 zone, and in the 2nd half mixed it up with a 1-3-1 trap and 2-3 trap. No defensive answer could be found for Chaz and the Minutemen regardless of what defense Rose implemented. However, the 1-3-1 zone trap seemed to work more effectively.
The second half turned into the Chaz Williams show. Need we be reminded, he finished the game with 32 points and 15 assists. He was too quick and athletic for BYU's defense. Any time BYU would get close or make a run, Chaz Williams put it to rest with a key assist for an easy underneath basket or a three pointer or fancy lay-up.The man basked in the moment.
Chaz Williams had off-season offers to play overseas for a triple-figure income, but he decided to stay at UMass and take his chances for a shot at a deep run in the tourney and a chance at the NBA, the best basketball league in the world.
BYU played exceptional offensively. They put up 96 points, shot 49% FG as a team, 31 percent from 3-point land, and 79 percent from the line. They out-rebounded UMass, had less turnovers, and had the same amount of fouls as the Minutemen.
Tyler Haws led the Cougars with 25 points on 9 for 16 shooting.
Carlino had a nice game with 23 points and 6 assists.
Mika was a monster underneath with 18 points and 8 boards, once again proving he's an elite freshman in the country and will be a beast for BYU in the years ahead.
BYU is now 0-3 this season against ranked teams. BYU has losses to 11th-ranked Wichita State, 17th-ranked Iowa State, and now 21st-ranked UMass. BYU has 3 games left on their schedule against teams that are currently ranked with a game at 13th-ranked Oregon in two weeks and two games, one on the road and one at home against 19th-ranked Gonzaga.
BYU's 96 points would likely have beaten any other team, but not UMass, not this day, not if Chaz Williams had anything to say about it.
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