BYU Report: BYU 64 Utah 62

BYU Report: BYU 64 Utah 62

Post by John Sn » Wed, 12 Jan 1994 06:46:07


                        BYU Basketball Report

                             BYU vs. Utah
                           January 8, 1994

BYU returned home from the New Mexico-UTEP road swing earlier this
week only to have to travel up the road to Salt Lake City to face the
Runnin' Utes on their home court. Both teams lost to New Mexico and
won at UTEP so the loser of this game would be 1-2 after the first
week of WAC competition.

The first half saw the Utes jump on top by a score of 5-0 as they
hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring then droped in a couple of free
throws. Meanwhile, BYU started with a missed field goal then three
straight turnovers. Things turned around quickly, however, as the Utes
couldn't put the ball in the hole and the Cougars found the mark. BYU
ran off 17 straight points capped by a pair of three-pointers by the
Reid brothers. The Utes finally made a basket to end an eight-minute
scoreless stretch.

The Utes managed to pull to within 5 points of the Cougars at 21-16,
but BYU pulled back out to a 10-point halftime lead at 29-19. The Utes
shot a horrid 21% from the field in the first half compared to the
Cougars' 46% shooting. Most of BYU's scoring came from outside,
however, as the Utes defended the middle well and held Russell Larson
to just four first half points. Leading the way for the Cougars in the
first half was the freshman Robbie Reid with 9 points, on three
3-pointers.

Ken Roberts started the second half scoring for the Cougars decisively
with a slam put back and the Cougars stretched their halftime
advantage to 15 points at 36-21. However, Russell Larson picked up his
third personal during that run and had to sit on the bench.

The Utes finally warmed up and began hitting their shots. They
outscored the Cougars 19-8 to pull to within 4 points at 44-40 with
eight minutes to play.

At that point, a very strange turn of events almost cost the Cougars
the ball game. BYU had possession but missed their shot and Utah got
the rebound. In the scramble of the shot and the rebound, Jay Thompson
was pulled to the ground by a Ute and Robbie Reid was run over by
another Ute. Thompson got up and fouled Ute Ma Jian who had gotten the
rebound. After the ref blew the whistle for the foul, Thompson was
very upset that the ref had not called the foul when he was pulled to
the ground. Thompson slapped the ball out of Ma Jian hands and the ref
called a technical on Thompson.

Jian went to the line and made both halves of a 1-and-1. Then Mark
Rydalch went to the line and made both technical shots, tieing the
score at 44-44. Utah got the ball out of bounds because of the
technical and made a basket and got a foul called on the shot on
Larson, his fourth. After the free throw was made, the Utes had scored
seven straight points without the Cougars ever having possession!

The replay showed that the foul on Larson was very questionable. The
refs continued to pour it on the Cougars as they made another
questionable call on Mark Durrant to give him his fifth personal.
Larson was on the bench with four and Durrant was out with five and
the Utes had a 6-point lead at 53-46.

The Cougars turned it around however as they went to a full court
press and stole the ball from the Utes. Randy Reid nailed a 3-pointer
to move the Cougars to within two at 53-51. The Utes made a free throw
then Craig Wilcox nailed another 3-pointer for the Cougars to tie the
score at 54-54.

The Utes went on top again by three at 59-56, but a couple of baskets
for the Cougars, the second an eight-footer by Russell Larson with
1:15 left, put the Cougars on top by a score of 60-59. It was the
Cougars' first lead since the Jay Thompson technical foul fiasco.

Utah's freshman Terry Preston then stepped up big and nailed a
3-pointer with just a couple of ticks left on the shot clock as the
Cougars had played good defense and denied the Utes a clear shot until
that point.  The Utes were up 62-60 with about 40 seconds left.

BYU called their last timeout to discuss strategy and called a play
called "baseline" in which the point guard, in this case Robbie Reid,
stands about 24 feet out at the top of the key and the other four
players roam under the basket and try to get free. None of them got
free and with six seconds on the shot clock, Robbie Reid decided to
shoot from 24-feet out and buried the 3-pointer! It about gave his dad
a heart attack, but the freshman Reid said he knew it was his shot and
he could make it.

The Utes called time out with the Cougars leading by a score of 63-62
with about 14 seconds left. Freshman Mark Rydalch got the ball and
drove for the basket, got a shot off with six seconds remaining that
was good, but was waved off because Rydalch had charged into Russell
Larson. Obviously the Ute fans went crazy, but it was charging -
Rydalch even said so in the paper the next day. The surprising thing
is that the refs had the guts to call it with the game on the line.

BYU inbounded the ball and Russell Larson was fouled with 3 seconds
remaining. Larson hit one-of-two free throws and the Utes missed a
desperation half court shot at the buzzer. The Cougars had escaped
with a 64-62 victory over the Utes.

GAME STATS

BYU              FG      FT     R       A       PF      TP
Larson          4-9     7-8     9       2       4       15
Knight          2-6     0-0     7       0       1       5
Roberts         3-4     1-2     1       2       2       7
Christensen     2-2     0-0     0       2       1       4
Randy Reid      3-8     0-0     2       4       3       8
Thompson        0-1     2-2     0       0       1       2
Robbie Reid     4-7     1-2     5       1       0       13
Durrant         1-4     3-6     5       1       5       5
Wilcox          2-7     0-0     1       1       2       5
Fish            0-1     0-0     0       1       1       0
Lindquist       0-0     0-0     0       0       0       0
TOTALS          21-49   14-20   31      14      20      64

Utah             FG      FT     R       A       PF      TP
Van Horn        6-14    7-8     6       0       2       21
Jian            0-4     3-4     5       2       2       3
Chapman         4-11    0-0     16      0       4       8
Wright          3-9     2-2     3       2       0       9
Rydalch         3-11    5-7     2       3       4       12
Jackman         0-0     0-0     1       0       0       0
Carroll         0-1     0-0     1       0       1       0
Preston         2-4     0-0     0       2       2       6
Block           1-3     1-2     6       1       3       3
TOTALS          19-57   18-23   41      10      18      62

Halftime - BYU 29, Utah 19.

Shooting percentages - Field goals: BYU 42.9, Utah 33.3
                       Free throws: BYU 70.0, Utah 78.3

Three point shooting - BYU 8-18 (Ro.Reid 4-6, Ra.Reid 2-6, Knight 1-2,
                                 Wilcox 1-3, Larson 0-1)
                       Utah 6-18 (Van Horn 2-2, Preston 2-3, Wright 1-5,
                                  Rydalch 1-5, Carroll 0-1, Jian 0-2)

Steals - BYU 6 (Ro.Reid 2, Roberts, Knight, Larson, Wilcox)
         Utah 7 (Van Horn 2, Rydalch 2, Chapman, Wright, Carroll)

Blocked shots - BYU 3 (Roberts, Knight, Thompson)
                Utah 2 (Van Horn, Wright)

Turnovers - BYU 13 (Roberts 2, Larson 2)
            Utah 15 (Chapman 4)

THE REST OF THE WAC

New Mexico 80, Air Force 54
Colorado St. 74, San Diego St 60
UTEP 58, Fresno St. 57

WAC STANDINGS
                 WAC    Season
New Mexico       3  0   11  2
Hawaii           1  0    5  7
BYU              2  1    9  3
Colorado St      2  1    9  3
Fresno St        2  1    7  5
Wyoming          1  1    8  3
UTEP             1  2    9  3
Utah             1  2    7  5
San Diego St     0  2    5  4
Air Force        0  3    5  5

NEXT WEEK

BYU hosts Fresno St. on Thursday and Air Force on Saturday. TV is
unknown at this time.

                  1993-1994 BYU Basketball Schedule

 Date      Opponent                       Site          
Nov 27  Arizona St.                     Tempe, AZ       ASU 106, BYU 95
Dec 3   South Carolina                  C***te, NC   BYU 72, S.Carolina 68
Dec 4   North Carolina                  C***te, NC   N.Carolina 97, BYU 65
Dec 10  Cougar Classic                  Provo           BYU 111, Nichols St. 96
Dec 11  Cougar Classic                  Provo           BYU 78, Ok.Baptist 76
Dec 14  Utah St.                        Provo           BYU 78, USU 65
Dec 17  Texas Tech                      Provo           BYU 84, Tx Tech 74
Dec 21  Weber St.                       Provo           BYU 92, Weber St. 79
Dec 23  Western Washington              Provo           BYU 106, WWU 74
Jan 3   New Mexico                      Albuquerque, NM UNM 74, BYU 68
Jan 5   UTEP                            El Paso, TX     BYU 67, UTEP 59
Jan 8   Utah                            Salt Lake City  BYU 64, Utah 62
Jan 13  Fresno St.                      Provo           7:30pm
Jan 15  Air Force                       Provo           7:30pm
Jan 20  San Diego St.                   San Diego, CA   8:30pm
Jan 22  Hawaii                          Honolulu, HI    10:30pm
Jan 27  Wyoming                         Provo           7:30pm
Jan 29  Colorado St.                    Provo           7:30pm
Feb 3   Wyoming                         Laramie, WY     7:30pm
Feb 5   Colorado St.                    Fort Collins,CO 7:00pm
Feb 10  San Diego St.                   Provo           7:30pm
Feb 12  Hawaii                          Provo           7:30pm
Feb 17  Air Force                       Colorado Springs 7:30pm
Feb 19  Fresno St.                      Fresno, CA      10:00pm (ESPN)
Feb 26  Utah                            Provo           10:00pm (ESPN)
Mar 3   New Mexico                      Provo           7:30pm
Mar 5   UTEP                            Provo           7:30pm
Mar 9-12 WAC Tournament                 Salt Lake City  

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BYU Report: BYU 64 Utah 62

Post by ERIC STRO » Wed, 12 Jan 1994 09:04:14


Quote:

>                    BYU Basketball Report

>                         BYU vs. Utah
>                       January 8, 1994

>The first half saw the Utes jump on top by a score of 5-0 as they
>hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring then droped in a couple of free
>throws. Meanwhile, BYU started with a missed field goal then three
>straight turnovers.

I didn't get to see the opening minutes of the game.  I was outside trying
to get in through the "student" entrance.  About 1000 other people were
also trying to get through the only two open doors so it took quite a
while.  However, I'll try and give you my perspective (NCSU alum) as well
as those of my two fellow Grad Students (both Duke Alum - I can't believe
that I am associating with them...).

Quote:
> Things turned around quickly, however, as the Utes
>couldn't put the ball in the hole and the Cougars found the mark. BYU
>ran off 17 straight points capped by a pair of three-pointers by the
>Reid brothers. The Utes finally made a basket to end an eight-minute
>scoreless stretch.

BYU played very good defense to open the game.  The Utes were really nervous.
Many of them being Freshmen, they didn't realize how big the game was
until they stepped onto the court.

Quote:
>The Utes managed to pull to within 5 points of the Cougars at 21-16,
>but BYU pulled back out to a 10-point halftime lead at 29-19. The Utes
>shot a horrid 21% from the field in the first half compared to the
>Cougars' 46% shooting. Most of BYU's scoring came from outside,
>however, as the Utes defended the middle well and held Russell Larson
>to just four first half points. Leading the way for the Cougars in the
>first half was the freshman Robbie Reid with 9 points, on three
>3-pointers.

Utah was 3-12 on 3's and BYU 4-12 (3 of them by Robbie Reid).  Most of the
other stats were the same except shooting percentage.

Quote:
>The Utes finally warmed up and began hitting their shots. They
>outscored the Cougars 19-8 to pull to within 4 points at 44-40 with
>eight minutes to play.

The Utes caught up by taking good shots and not trying to rush the motion
offense.  They also just couldn't shoot any worse then the first half.  
The Utes defense also got a little better.

Quote:

>At that point, a very strange turn of events almost cost the Cougars
>the ball game. BYU had possession but missed their shot and Utah got
>the rebound. In the scramble of the shot and the rebound, Jay Thompson
>was pulled to the ground by a Ute and Robbie Reid was run over by
>another Ute. Thompson got up and fouled Ute Ma Jian who had gotten the
>rebound. After the ref blew the whistle for the foul, Thompson was
>very upset that the ref had not called the foul when he was pulled to
>the ground. Thompson slapped the ball out of Ma Jian hands and the ref
>called a technical on Thompson.

This was really ugly.  Someone elbowed Doug Chapman (6'7" 240lbs) and he
began to fall.  On the way down he grabbed someones shorts (Thompson I
suppose).  The BYU guy fell on Doug and then when Doug was getting up he
collided with one of the Reid boys.  Thompson was pissed and hacked Ma on
the arm (no call).  MA turned his back to Thompson to hold the rebound.
Thompson came around to Ma's front and slapped down at the ball (he didn't
hit the ball - as hard as he swung, if he had hit the ball it would have
bounced off the court about 7' high).  The ref blew his whistle, but Ma
did a great acting job by grabbing his head like he had been hit.  The
refs really had no idea what had happened.  

Quote:

>The replay showed that the foul on Larson was very questionable. The
>refs continued to pour it on the Cougars as they made another
>questionable call on Mark Durrant to give him his fifth personal.
>Larson was on the bench with four and Durrant was out with five and
>the Utes had a 6-point lead at 53-46.

After the "rugby scrum" and the "T" on Thompson the refs decided that they
were going to call some fouls for the first time that evening.  The
fouls were not really questionable when you consider what had just
transpired.  They were trying to re-assert control. However, I think that
it is poetic to complain about refs that giftwrapped the game for BYU
when it really mattered.

The Key event for the Utes really wasn't the "T", but the crappy foul
called on Doug Chapman.  Doug rebounded the ball (one of his 16 for the
night - 8 offensive), and was getting slapped at.  He swung around to
clear space and sent someone sprawling (larson I think).  FOUL - Utah.
After that Doug played like he was on a mission.  He really sparked the
team.

Quote:

>Utah's freshman Terry Preston then stepped up big and nailed a
>3-pointer with just a couple of ticks left on the shot clock as the
>Cougars had played good defense and denied the Utes a clear shot until
>that point.  The Utes were up 62-60 with about 40 seconds left.

Terry Preston's shot was BIG!  The Utes were really confused about
running their offense. This was a big problem down the stretch.

Quote:

>BYU called their last timeout to discuss strategy and called a play
>called "baseline" in which the point guard, in this case Robbie Reid,
>stands about 24 feet out at the top of the key and the other four
>players roam under the basket and try to get free. None of them got
>free and with six seconds on the shot clock, Robbie Reid decided to
>shoot from 24-feet out and buried the 3-pointer! It about gave his dad
>a heart attack, but the freshman Reid said he knew it was his shot and
>he could make it.

I couldn't believe this shot.  Reid was standing flat,like he was running
off time.  He then just popped it.  He was wayyyyyyy away from the 3 line.

Quote:

>The Utes called time out with the Cougars leading by a score of 63-62
>with about 14 seconds left. Freshman Mark Rydalch got the ball and
>drove for the basket, got a shot off with six seconds remaining that
>was good, but was waved off because Rydalch had charged into Russell
>Larson. Obviously the Ute fans went crazy, but it was charging -
>Rydalch even said so in the paper the next day. The surprising thing
>is that the refs had the guts to call it with the game on the line.

I don't remember Utah calling a time out here?  

Mark drove the lane.  He was hit a couple of times along the way by
Reid.  He then went into the air and shot.  Larson WAS STILL MOVING...
Replay on KTVX Channel 4 clearly showed his right foot still moving.
Rydalch knew contact was made - big difference between that and charging.

Rydalch said that he thought that he got the shot off before contact.  I
don't think he did.  Either way it was bad to call a foul.  It was
definitely a "No call" situation - only 6 seconds, inconsistant reffing
all night long, a rugby scrum in the paint earlier, no calls for
many plays in the paint earlier.

Player Comments:
BYU:

Larson - he may not have had a "great" night by his standards, but I
thought he really had some solid play.  He held his ground on defense,
he posted up well, he handled the ball well and he kept cool in a very
hostile environment.

Robbie Reid - this guy can shoot.  He has had the hot hand for a good
part of the early season.  If he can keep it up, it will definitely
keep the pressure off of Larson inside.  moving him over to 2 guard has
improved his game 100%.

Randy Reid - not a bad game, but was uvershadowed by Robbie.  I thought
he played good defense.  He pressured the Ute guards effectively.
However, when matched on Darroll Wright he didn't have the first step
quickness to play Darroll.

Roberts - I like him even though he has a Montross-wanna-be haircut that
makes him look like a pale skunk.  He works hard in the paint, but
doesn't actually get to many rebounds.  He had some nice shots inside,
but was not really the inside factor I think he can be.

Christensen - didn't get to see him much even though IMHO he is BYU's
best pg.

UTAH:

Darroll Wright - a simply awful game for D.W.  He missed some really easy
shots, and he played lousy defense.  Let's hope he bounces back next week.

Mark Rydalch - He had some terrible shooting too. He was 1-5 from 3's.
However, he worked his way through his shooting and still had a smart
game.  He did well against some good pressure defense by BYU's guards.

Terry Preston - played 22 mins, the most since the Texas game.  A pretty
good game, but he got fatigued near the end.  He hit a clutch shot at the
end of the game.

Kieth Van Horn - In the first half Kieth was being really outplayed by
BYU.  In the second he caught the enthusiasm of Doug Chapman and played
much better.  He has some nice moves to the basket and seems to be able
to squeeze between players to get the ball to the rim.  He still hangs
out to far outside on the offense, but he did better.  

Doug Chapman - PLAYED LIKE A MAN!!  He really flexed his muscles.  He had
16 rebounds, 8 offensive (more then all of BYU).  He also played D on
Larson most of the night even though he is 4" shorter.  

Ma Jian - I have mistakenly been spelling Ma's name wrong for a while.  It
was pointed out to me and I appologize for this error.  Ma's last name (as
was pointed out to me) translates to "Health".  Anyway, Ma is having big
problems with his shot.  He is out of rythm.  He also has some
problems not concentrating on the game enough.  He kind-of fades out
for a second or two.  Ma is doing much better with his ball handling,
but I think he needs to drive more to the basket.  Not many forwards can
match his first step.

Tony Block - Block played an OK game.  However, it would have been better
it he could have stepped up as you would hope a Senior would.  Tony is
getting more rebounds.  He had 6 in his limited role.

Jimmy Carroll - not much playing time. Not enough to really have a factor
on the game.

Jackman - VERY little time.  Jack is in Majerus' doghouse for his work ethic.

Phil Dixon - Did not play.  Phil was in street clothes.  He is still having
problems with his knee.

-Eric


 
 
 

BYU Report: BYU 64 Utah 62

Post by Matt Smi » Thu, 13 Jan 1994 03:51:44



: BYU played very good defense to open the game.  The Utes were really nervous.
: Many of them being Freshmen, they didn't realize how big the game was
: until they stepped onto the court.

I agree here.  The Utes throughout the first half looked like they
were half asleep.  Their passes were lazy, and they weren't moving
towards the ball.  BYU meanwhile was hustling after every loose ball,
and consequently coming up with them.

: The Utes caught up by taking good shots and not trying to rush the motion
: offense.  They also just couldn't shoot any worse then the first half.  
: The Utes defense also got a little better.

I think Majerus had a few choice words about their effort during
halftime.  They looked like a completely different team in the second
half.  They were crisper, moving their hands and feet more, and
actually coming up with some of the loose balls.

: >At that point, a very strange turn of events almost cost the Cougars
: >the ball game. BYU had possession but missed their shot and Utah got
: >the rebound. In the scramble of the shot and the rebound, Jay Thompson
: >was pulled to the ground by a Ute and Robbie Reid was run over by
: >another Ute. Thompson got up and fouled Ute Ma Jian who had gotten the
: >rebound. After the ref blew the whistle for the foul, Thompson was
: >very upset that the ref had not called the foul when he was pulled to
: >the ground. Thompson slapped the ball out of Ma Jian hands and the ref
: >called a technical on Thompson.

: This was really ugly.  Someone elbowed Doug Chapman (6'7" 240lbs) and he
: began to fall.  On the way down he grabbed someones shorts (Thompson I
: suppose).  The BYU guy fell on Doug and then when Doug was getting up he
: collided with one of the Reid boys.  Thompson was pissed and hacked Ma on
: the arm (no call).  MA turned his back to Thompson to hold the rebound.
: Thompson came around to Ma's front and slapped down at the ball (he didn't
: hit the ball - as hard as he swung, if he had hit the ball it would have
: bounced off the court about 7' high).  The ref blew his whistle, but Ma
: did a great acting job by grabbing his head like he had been hit.  The
: refs really had no idea what had happened.  

I can't comment on this as I was sitting at the top of the stadium,
and I haven't seen any of the replays.  All I can really say is that
the 7 point swing, along with the momentum Utah had been building up
(overcoming a 15 point deficit) made this a completely new ballgame.
It also added fuel to the fire in getting the Utes up and running.

: >Utah's freshman Terry Preston then stepped up big and nailed a
: >3-pointer with just a couple of ticks left on the shot clock as the
: >Cougars had played good defense and denied the Utes a clear shot until
: >that point.  The Utes were up 62-60 with about 40 seconds left.

: Terry Preston's shot was BIG!  The Utes were really confused about
: running their offense. This was a big problem down the stretch.

This has been a problem for the Utes all year long.  When it comes
down to getting the ball in the hole, they don't have that "go to" guy
yet.  Van Horn can definately turn into that kind of person, but
because he is a pure freshman, the team doesn't have that kind of
confidence in him yet.  With our only starting senior on the team,
Dixon, who put the final nail in the coffin on the Cougars twice last
year, sitting on the bench after knee surgury, they just look lost and
confused.  They run around throwing passes without anyone determining
that they are going to score, and having the ability to do it.

: >BYU called their last timeout to discuss strategy and called a play
: >called "baseline" in which the point guard, in this case Robbie Reid,
: >stands about 24 feet out at the top of the key and the other four
: >players roam under the basket and try to get free. None of them got
: >free and with six seconds on the shot clock, Robbie Reid decided to
: >shoot from 24-feet out and buried the 3-pointer! It about gave his dad
: >a heart attack, but the freshman Reid said he knew it was his shot and
: >he could make it.

: I couldn't believe this shot.  Reid was standing flat,like he was running
: off time.  He then just popped it.  He was wayyyyyyy away from the 3
: line.

He hit one like that earlier in the game.  I was screaming that he'll
shoot it as soon as Preston backed off of him a step or two.  But with
me at the top of the stadium, who heard me?  ;)

: >The Utes called time out with the Cougars leading by a score of 63-62
: >with about 14 seconds left. Freshman Mark Rydalch got the ball and
: >drove for the basket, got a shot off with six seconds remaining that
: >was good, but was waved off because Rydalch had charged into Russell
: >Larson. Obviously the Ute fans went crazy, but it was charging -
: >Rydalch even said so in the paper the next day. The surprising thing
: >is that the refs had the guts to call it with the game on the line.
: >

: I don't remember Utah calling a time out here?  

: Mark drove the lane.  He was hit a couple of times along the way by
: Reid.  He then went into the air and shot.  Larson WAS STILL MOVING...
: Replay on KTVX Channel 4 clearly showed his right foot still moving.
: Rydalch knew contact was made - big difference between that and charging.

: Rydalch said that he thought that he got the shot off before contact.  I
: don't think he did.  Either way it was bad to call a foul.  It was
: definitely a "No call" situation - only 6 seconds, inconsistant reffing
: all night long, a rugby scrum in the paint earlier, no calls for
: many plays in the paint earlier.

I have not seen the replay on this either, however, from my
standpoint, it looked like Rydalch pulled up for a "leapin' leaner"
(to borrow a phrase from Hot Rod) and got called on the charge.  I
don't agree with the call at all.  I mean, if he's on a straight drive
towards the hoop, going in hard and fast, then yeah, maybe you could
call it, but with a big game like this, I don't ever think that a
referee should decide the game.  Especially on such a judgemental
call.  I agree that it should have been a "no call" situation.  

In a close game, the players should decide who wins the game, not the
referees.

*stepping off of soapbox*

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