BYU Report: BYU vs. Kansas

BYU Report: BYU vs. Kansas

Post by John Sn » Wed, 24 Mar 1993 01:03:03

BYU Report: BYU vs. Kansas  NCAA Second Round

FINAL SCORE: Kansas 90 - BYU 76

BYU met Kansas in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Chicago
on Saturday. Kansas was ranked #1 at one time this season but faded.
Kansas appeared to be a team that would challenge BYU but would also
be a team that BYU would have a chance at beating.

Kansas's star guard Rex Walters was a teammate of BYU's Kevin Nixon at
Northwestern before both transferred.

BYU committed 6 turnovers in the first 5 minutes of the game but
3-pointers from Sanderson and Nixon allowed them to hang within six of
Kansas at 17-11. The Cougars then got hot and took a one point lead at
24-23. The Cougars and the Jayhawks played close until about 2 minutes
left in the half when the Jayhawks went on a 10-1 run to take a
10-point 45-35 lead at halftime. The Cougars were glad to hear the
halftime buzzer to break the Kansas run.

Nick Sanderson rose to the challenge at the start of the second half
to personally fire the Cougars right back into the game. Sanderson put
on a 3-point shooting exhibition the likes of which we haven't seen
from Nick since the Maui Invitational in December. Halfway through the
second half the Cougars had completed the comeback and the score was
tied at 60-60.

The Cougars took the lead at 62-60 and again later at 68-67 with just
5 minutes to play. At that point, it really looked like the Cougars
had the momentum and confidence to carry that lead down the stretch,
but the Cougar's season long problem, turnovers, stopped the momentum,
killed the confidence, and lead to the Cougar's defeat.  Jared Miller
was whistled for an offensive foul, positioning himself for an entry
pass. Kansas made two free-throws which launched them on a 10-0 run
fueled by Cougar turnovers and Sanderson's sudden cold streak from
3-point land and the game was history. The Jayhawks cruised to a 90-76
victory.

Sanderson, who had 24 points in the game, hit 6 3-pointers but his
last basket came with 10:18 remaining in the game. Sanderson admitted
that he started to get tired in the latter part of the second half.
Sanderson played 37 minutes in the game, more than usual due to his
hot shooting and an injury to Kurt Christensen which sidelined him for
most of the second half.

GAME STATS

BYU             FG      FT      R       A       PF      TP
Larson          3-8     4-5     5       1       3       10
Durrant         2-3     0-0     2       2       3       4
Trost           4-9     4-4     8       6       4       12
Sanderson       7-18    4-4     1       2       2       24
Reid            1-3     6-6     3       4       5       8
Christensen     0-0     0-0     0       0       0       0
Lindquist       1-1     0-0     0       0       0       2
Cuff            0-0     0-0     0       1       1       0
Nixon           1-2     0-0     5       2       2       3
Astle           0-0     0-0     0       0       0       0
Knight          0-0     0-0     1       1       0       0
Miller          5-9     3-6     10      0       5       13
TOTALS          24-53   21-25   36      21      25      76

Kansas          FG      FT      R       A       PF      TP
Hancock         2-8     0-0     3       0       3       4
Scott           1-2     3-4     1       0       4       5
Pauley          5-7     2-3     7       1       1       12
Walters         9-15    8-8     6       6       2       28
Jordan          4-8     1-3     0       5       4       13
Ostertag        0-1     0-0     2       2       1       0
Rayford         0-0     0-0     0       1       1       0
Whatley         0-1     1-2     0       0       0       1
Richey          3-5     7-8     4       2       1       13
Woodbury        4-6     5-6     2       2       2       14
Pearson         0-0     0-0     0       1       1       0
Welchbrodt      0-0     0-0     1       0       1       0
Gurley          0-2     0-0     0       0       0       0
TOTALS          28-55   27-34   27      20      21      90

Halftime score - Kansas 45, BYU 35.

Shooting percentages - Field Goals: BYU 45.3, Kansas 50.9.
                       Free Throws: BYU 84.0, Kansas 79.4.

Three-point shooting - BYU 7-19 (Sanderson 6-15, Nixon 1-2, Reid 0-1,
Trost 0-1), Kansas 7-17 (Jordan 4-8, Walters 2-6, Woodbury 1-2, Gurley
0-1).

Turnovers - BYU 21 (Reid 7, Durrant 3, Miller 2, Nixon 2, Christensen
2, Sanderson 2, Trost 2, Larson), Kansas 10 (Scott 2, Jordan 2,
Ostertag 2, Hancock, Pauley, Walters, Richey).

Blocked shots - BYU 2 (Larson, Miller), Kansas 3 (Scott, Pauley,
Ostertag).

Well, that's it for the basketball season. Expectations are high for
next year's team with the return of the franchise, Shawn Bradley.
Let's hope he and the Cougars will deliver.

Congratulations to this year's Cougars. They had a great season and
are WAC co-champions.

It's been fun writing this year's basketball reports and hearing from
all you Cougar fans out there in netland. Football season is just 6
months away and I'll be back to write the football reports then. Have
a good summer!

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