Okay, I hate to start off a post like this, but all you guys who have dogged and complained about Averette can line up to apologize right now. The guy made it happen at the end of this game and was a difference maker in BYU securing their first win at St. Mary’s since 2014. But who got it started when they needed a kick in the rear? It was Gideon, after Pope made the decision to put him on Kuhse (not Bob Cousy) and it completely disrupted everything that had been working for the Gaels to that point. I don’t remember the exact number but I think St. Mary’s scored 2 points in the last 8 or 9 minutes and it all started with GIdeon on defense. Up until then, the Cougars struggled to finish sets, couldn’t score easy shots and had a hard time hitting free throws… again. This can be a frustrating team to watch but somehow Pope finds a way and the team responds to him.
Way to go Cougars and coach Pope.