1 I really ripped Pope in the Portland game, so I will start with a “good job, Coach” in this game. My only criticism is that Pope left Foos on the bench too long and we could of used his clutch FTs in the final 5 minutes.
2 Hugh difference making 3s in this game. I have always felt that the team in the WCC Vegas tournys that played earlier has an advantage because they are used to the lighting and back ground. BYU’s 47% from long range was a big factor in this win
3 George and Foos both had bad games and yet we didn’t seem to miss them.
4 Foos had 7 Turnovers in the first half, yikes, he played very little but the above stat says that we did not need him tonight. George is Ge0rge, never know what game he is going to have.
5 BYU shot 69% in the first half, smokin
6 Saunders had himself another great night, didn’t score much but he roots out lose balls and rebounds like a mad man. Stats show him with 0 steals, baloney! He caused several. Atiki was the beneficiary of a Saunders steal.
7 Atiki was a swat machine, kept LMU from scoring much inside.
8 Robinson had himself another solid game, got to the hoop a lot and 8 rebounds, I think that was his season best.
9 Johnson…now for the real reason why BYU controlled the game from start to finish…Guarding Shelton, he had 21 by half, looked like he was going for 40 but Johnson and a host of guards kept him at 27 and in crunch time, the dude fouled out when LMU could of made things interesting. Johnson also bot Shelton his 5th foul
10 Johnson could of been the MVP for this game with his timely scoring and great defense but I have to go with Williams. Yeah, he have a big scoring night, 23, but the easy win came with Williams hitting 11-12 Free Throws in crunch time. Between Williams and Johnson’s FTs over the last 5 minutes, the game was never in question.