BYU falters in second half, loses 90-88 to No. 21 Iowa State
It was a tough loss to swallow for the BYU Cougars tonight, as No. 21 Iowa State skated away from a crowd of 15,808 at the Marriott Center with a 90-88 win. BYU still hasn't defeated a ranked nonconference opponent at home since 1986.
But the Cougars came awfully close on Wednesday, losing when Kyle Collinsworth's off-balance shot at the buzzer came nowhere close to going in.
Coach Dave Rose and Tyler Haws said the Cougars didn't make enough plays down the stretch to win, and they were right. They also didn't make enough free throws, especially in the second half.<
Tough to win games shooting that way.
Also, BYU was out rebounded 27-15 in the second half, despite having a nice size advantage. For the game, rebounds were 46-44 in favor of the Cyclones (4-0). BYU fell to 4-1.
Of importance to BYU fans, I am sure, is the status of freshman Eric Mika, who was taken to the hospital for an eye examination after taking a blow from DeAndre Kane. Kane was assessed a flagrant two foul and ejected.
Coach Dave Rose said Mika was scheduled to have a scan done on his right eye and had no other details.
"Eric did give us some real presence inside, scoring with the ball, but what he really did for us was offensive rebounds. He had five offensive rebounds. We missed quite a few short shots late that were right around the rim that Eric probably could have helped us with," Rose said, adding that Mika's absence in the last 3:28 of the game "was a factor" in the outcome.
Mika had 17 points and nine rebounds when he left the game. Matt Carlino (19), Tyler Haws (20) and Kyle Collinsworth (11) also reached double figures. The Cougars shot just 42.9 percent, while Iowa State heated up considerably and finished shooting 51.4 percent.
"The big thing we talked to our team about with BYU is that it is going to be a game of runs. They can really heat up in a hurry. They are as fast a team as anybody in the nation, and they lived up to that tonight. They just score in bunches, and once that crowd gets into it, it is hard to stop them," said ISU coach Fred Hoiberg. "…I felt the two keys were getting back in transition, and finding a way to battle on the boards. … They are so good, and they are so well-coached, we are happy to walk out of here with a win."
Regarding Haws, Hoiberg said: "The kid is a big-time, big-time player. I thought we did as good a job as we possibly could against him, but he still scored a bunch of points."
Melvin Ejim had 21 points for ISU before fouling out late in the game. Just before sitting down for good, Ejim gave the Marriott Center crowd the middle finger, which might just land the star forward a suspension. Up next for ISU is a home game against Missouri-Kansas City.