BYU basketball: No excuses offered by Collinsworth-less Cougars
Published: March 20, 2014 10:16PM
Updated: March 20, 2014 09:19PM
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Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Brigham Young Cougars guard Frank Bartley IV (24) is fouled by Mike Moser (0) in second round NCAA Championship action, BYU vs. Oregon, in Milwaukee, Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Milwaukee • There’s an old picture of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson in their Milwaukee Bucks uniforms, waiting at the scorer’s table to check into a game, in the press area at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

It is probably safe to say that even if the Cougars had one of those former NBA greats Thursday, they wouldn’t have been able to take down Oregon after losing 87-68 to the Ducks.

That’s why the Cougars weren’t saying the outcome would have been different if they would have had second-leading scorer Kyle Collinsworth, who had knee surgery on Tuesday.

“We fought through some real adversity and cut it to three there in the second half and had some momentum, but Oregon was too good,” BYU coach Dave Rose said.

Collinsworth had 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds when the Cougars lost 100-96 to Oregon three months ago at the Knight Arena in Eugene.

“Collinsworth being out, you know, did hurt [BYU],” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “Because he’s a really talented guy, does a lot for them. It was a benefit for us that he wasn’t able to play.”

Tyler Haws, who led the Cougars with 19 points but struggled to get good looks in the face of some double-teaming, said he didn’t really think about Collinsworth not being there when the game was going on.

“Even with him out, I thought we had chances to win this game,” Haws said. “We cut it to three, and I thought we had the momentum. Guys were stepping up. So even with him out, I am proud of the way we fought and thought we had our chances.”

Bartley IV for Three

Freshman Frank Bartley IV was the fourth-leading scorer for BYU with 10 points, six more than his season average.

Bartley made a big 3-pointer that fueled the Cougars’ second-half rally, and posed a second or two as the ball swished through the net.

Bartley totaled 19 points in his last two games of the season after scoring just eight total points in his previous 17 games.

He had one DNP this year, at Portland.

“He gave us a lift out there today,” Matt Carlino said.

Briefly

Oregon has won six of its last seven games against BYU. … Oregon’s bench outscored BYU’s bench 49-10 and the Ducks had 36 points in the paint to just 14 for BYU. … BYU went on a 7-0 run to end the first half and trim a 15-point deficit to eight at the break. … Former NBA official Tommy Nunez, who worked BYU’s overtime win over San Francisco in the WCC semifinals, officiated the game along with Terry Wymer and Rodrick Dixon.

drew@sltrib.com

Oregon 87, BYU 68

BYU (23-12)

Mika 2-5 11-16 15, Carlino 4-16 5-6 15, Haws 7-18 4-4 19, Winder 3-5 0-0 7, Austin 1-2 0-0 2, Sharp 0-1 0-0 0, Johnston 0-0 0-0 0, Halford 0-4 0-0 0, Bartley IV 3-10 3-4 10, Worthington 0-0 0-0 0, Pingree 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 20-61 23-30 68.

OREGON (24-9)

Moser 3-8 0-0 7, Young 7-12 5-6 19, Loyd 2-5 2-2 6, Austin 1-1 0-0 2, Dotson 2-7 0-0 4, Artis 1-1 1-2 3, Lucenti 0-1 0-0 0, Friedman 0-0 0-0 0, Calliste 1-3 11-12 14, Amardi 2-5 1-2 5, Abdul-Bassit 0-1 2-2 2, Cook 8-9 7-10 23, Carter 0-0 2-2 2, Crow 0-1 0-0 0.

Totals 27-54 31-38 87.

Halftime—Oregon 39-31. 3-Point Goals—BYU 5-19 (Carlino 2-7, Bartley IV 1-2, Winder 1-3, Haws 1-4, Halford 0-3), Oregon 2-13 (Moser 1-3, Calliste 1-3, Loyd 0-1, Crow 0-1, Lucenti 0-1, Dotson 0-1, Young 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—BYU 32 (Mika 7), Oregon 37 (Amardi, Cook 8). Assists—BYU 14 (Carlino 5), Oregon 21 (Loyd 6). Total Fouls—BYU 25, Oregon 22. A—17,749.