Did anyone see Spenc Johnson mouthing in the huddle, “Play Tough” throughout the game. So before I get into the keys of the game, My NBA fishin bud, Coach Hecker, calls me up and says, “I have a over seas coach wanting to give Johnson a tryout”. Coach Hecker has worked out Johnson many times, does NOT watch BYU games but he always asks me how Johnson did in games. He is a coach that cares.
Key to the Win
1 Before the game I said, “BYU hits 3s and no way they lose” How does 13 big ones sound?
2 I also said, Waterman and Robinson have to have big games. Waterman has a monster game 18 pts, 4 rebs, 3 as…Robinson had 15 and 2 very big bombs. But his defense was late and he was TOed 3 times.
3 Pope is learning how to defend Big 12 style, BYU actually out defended the defenders
4 BYU couldn’t keep ISU out of the middle in the 1st half but shut them down in the second.
5 True to nature, ISU could not hit a 3. but bless them, they kept on clankin.
6 Richie Saunders is one tough Hombre. The entire game changed in BYU’s favor after Saunders took that elbow to the throat. If you did not see the game. It was typical Iowa St thuggery, cheap shot, elbows when the ref was not lookin… Then boom on a shooting foul, their center hits Saunders in the throat, sends him sprawling into Lipsey and they call the foul on Saunders…until Pope got them to review…Flagerant 1, ejection ISU. BYU went on a tear, getting up by 20 and a blowout. Teach them to screw with angry RMs!
7 Hall is growin up. BYU started the game turning everything over and it looked like Hall was headed for a long sit on the bench, Pope takes him aside, says, “We talked about this, play in control”. for the next 30 minutes, Hall played inspired ball. 8 assists and perfect 3/3 from 3land.
8 Pope ended up playing with 7 tonight, Foos and Knell were nursing injuries. really 6 as Atiki was useless.
9 Khalifa, where would we be without his assists?? Dudes’ worth watching and his D was special tonight.
10 Spenc Johnson was unstoppable tonight, killed from inside and from long range, plus 5 assists. He is the glue and captain of this team.
11 Did may heart good to see BYU kick ISU’s butt. None of us will forget the “Eye Stab” to Mika about 7 years ago when we had them beat. They are such dirty players, I was hoping we would hang 100 on them.