In a game with seven ties and four lead changes, BYU fell to Valparaiso in the final seconds. BYU started strong and held a 12-point lead midway through the first half.
Foul trouble reared its ugly head forcing Mika to the bench for most of the first half and limiting him to only one point. Early in the second half, Mika picked up his third and fourth fouls and sat until 11 minutes remained in the game.
With only seconds remaining in the game, Valpo missed two free throws and a quick timeout gave the Cougars a chance to tie the game with a three pointer. The inbounds play from half-court was intended for Haws, but fell to Mika who missed the buzzer beater from the corner as time expired.
The foul situation was a mess, and prevented Rose from using his star players in the way he wanted, but three-point shooting and free throw shooting kept BYU in this game. They made 10 for 22 (45.5 percent) from three, and 27 for 32 (84.4 percent) from the charity stripe. We have yet to see this team shoot well from range and work the ball down low to Mika, Childs, and Davis in the same game. When that happens they will be very tough to stop, but unfortunately they failed to pocket the resume building win for March.