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Notes and quotes from BYU's epic 114-110 triple-overtime loss at Portland
The sun came up today in Portland — which is actually newsworthy in this place — and the BYU Cougars awoke to the realization that they lost another West Coast Conference basketball game on the road at a place they had never lost one before.
After dropping games at Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine for the first time ever as a WCC member in late December, the Cougars lost 114-110 at the Chiles Center in Portland. It was not only BYU's first-ever loss at the domed arena that looks like a much-smaller version of Weber State's Dee Events Center, purple seats and all, it was the Cougars' first-ever loss to the Pilots.<
Here's my final game story, which includes a few quotes from BYU coach Dave Rose and star player Tyler Haws, who scored 48 points, a career high and the third-most points ever by a BYU basketball player.
Couple of quick notes from the box score:
* Haws did not have an assist in 50 minutes of play.
* Nate Austin played more than any other player, 52 minutes, and was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line on a night where every shot mattered. He grabbed 15 rebounds.
* Eric Mika failed to reach double figures, snapping a 17-game streak in double figures. He had just four points and four rebounds in 31 minutes, and was clearly outplayed by UP's Thomas van der Mars, who had a career-high 27 points and 18 rebounds.
* Freshman Frank Bartley IV did not play in a game that lasted 55 minutes.
* Matt Carlino had a phenomenal game off the bench: 25 points, nine assists, seven steals and two rebounds. And no turnovers. None.
I will have plenty of other thoughts about one of the craziest games I have ever covered — or tried to cover, sitting behind fans on the concourse who were rightfully standing the last few minutes of the game and through most of the overtimes.
For now, here are some comments gathered from Rose and Haws after the marathon game:
Rose on summing up the game:
"Well, I thought it was a competitive games. Both teams were playing really hard. It wasn't the result that we wanted.