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BYU Holds Off TCU in Ugly Game

10 March 2011 Brett Richins 9 Comments

Charles Abouo had another big game for BYU (BYU Photo)

It wasn’t pretty, but the 8th-ranked and top-seeded BYU Cougars (29-3) managed to survive and advance against the ninth-seeded TCU Horned Frogs 64-58 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament.

Jimmer Fredette scored 24 points but shot just 33 percent and hit just four of 11 three-point shots. His first bucket was a three-point shot that moved him ahead of Devin Durrant for the most points in a single season in BYU basketball history.

As a team the Cougars shot 42 percent from the floor and 26 percent from three.

“They did a good job defensively,” Fredette said after the game. “We had a lot of open shots that we just missed tonight. Not a lot of times do we miss wide open shots like that. But sometimes that happens. We just kept playing, kept battling, still got the win. So that was good.”

Charles Abouo was one of the few Cougars with a hot hand. Abouo was 6-8 from the field on his way to 14 points. He also pulled down eight rebounds, had two steals and two assists.

TCU got 15 points each from Hank Thorns Jr. and Greg Hill to keep the Horned Frogs in the game to the very end. As a team TCU shot 48 percent from the three point line, including 58 percent in the first half as the Frogs took a 34-33 lead into the halftime break.

The Cougars made up for an off shooting night by out rebounding TCU 33-24, with 11 of those boards coming on the offensive end. Kyle Collinsworth pulled down eight of those rebounds, tying Abouo for the team lead.

All five starters played heavy minutes in the first round game. Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery both played and entire 40 minutes, while Noah Hartsock logged 37 minutes, Charles Abouo played 32 minutes and Kyle Collinsworth played 30 minutes. That fact could wear on this team over the next day or two of the tournament.

BYU coach Dave Rose says he was proud of the fact that his team found a way to gut out a win despite the fact that the Cougars struggled from the floor.

“If you followed us from the start of the season, South Padre Island, Omaha, Nebraska, Buffalo, New York, Glens Falls, New York, watched this team play, this would not surprise you because we see this group has found ways to win games,” Rose said. ” This is 28, 29 wins. That’s something that you don’t find a lot of teams across the country that can be that consistent in finding ways to win games.”

Next up for BYU is New Mexico, a 67-61 winner over Colorado State. The Cougars are 0-2 against the Lobos this season.

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  • CaseyA said:

    Jimmer and Jax almost shot us out of this one. They are trying to do so much with each shot because they know we need to shoot well. If they would just relax everything would be alright.

  • TY said:

    Go CSU! I couldn’t handle another loss to the Lobo’s this season. Just get to the MWC finals and we will have a decent NCAA Spot come Sunday that could help us get through the first few rounds while we are still learning how to play without Davies.

    By the way there is no better feeling than to have watched our last MWC TV event today. Adios stinky conference. Have fun stewing in mediocrity now that you have chased off every decent College you had.

  • justin said:

    the minutes thing was huge…we can’t have our starting 5 log that many minutes in the MWC tourney if we want to make some noise next weekend!

    what happened to rogers? i know he airballed that one 3, but at least he looks to score and generally does a good job? why did he only play like 5 minutes? injury? doghouse?

  • BoomerCougar32 said:

    Here’s to the last BYU game ever broadcast on the horrible Mtn. network!!!!!

  • Brandon said:

    Playing New Mexico tomorrow. I hope BYU has enough in the tank to beat the Lobos. Emery and Fredette playing the maximum number of minutes against TCU isn’t helpful, especially since New Mexico has good enough perimeter players that force Jimmer to play defense. (Or try to play defense….) Plus, Dairese Gary is allowed to play physically with Jimmer.

  • Voodohound said:

    This game really shows how much we lack an inside game. Teams don’t have to worry about us passing into Noah because he’s not very good with his back to the basket. The only inside game we really have is Jimmer driving to the hoop, maybe a dish to Abouo or Collinsworth. We are going to live and die by the 3 pointer.

    I don’t think that’s a recipe that spells success in the MWC tourney. I don’t think we will have a great showing in the NCAA tourney. But I hope I’m wrong. Maybe they will get hot for a few games.

  • Martin said:

    Gut check time for BYU and Jimmer and Jackson in particular. They are the seniors and leaders of this team and they were both terrible today. The Lobos are gonna run them off the court if they play like that tomorrow. Then they will drop to 5 seed or worse and will be looking at another early exit from the Big Dance. Jimmer is the favorite for national POY, tomorrow is the time for him to prove it!

  • redheadben said:

    Ditto the sentiments on saying goodbye to “The Mountain.”

    Good luck to Dave Rose and the Cougars today. I’ve been to some BYU sporting events at UNM and I would love nothing more than to beat them soundly.

  • CaseyA said:

    A couple of points:

    IIRC, we scored in the paint effectively. Our paint scoring and penetration forced them into a zone. We shot horribly against the zone with good looks. I think this game had nothing to do with out lack of interior presence. This one was close becuase of bad shooting.

    I say bring on UNM. I’ve always thought it was tough to beat a good team three times in a row in the same season. I don’t think we are scared of UNM. Have they beaten us? Sure. Have they done it because of a fundamental talent gap? I don’t think so. I think the do a good job against the zone we run and a good job against the man. We run. I think we’ve experimented with defensive adjustments that will give UNM’s zone and man offenses trouble. We’ll see. I’m counting on BYU to win this one.

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