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Rose thinks BYU players will respond well after bitter loss to SMC
First Published Jan 18 2013 05:26 pm • Last Updated Jan 18 2013 05:32 pm

How is the BYU basketball team responding to that crushing blow from St. Mary's on Wednesday's night?

We won't know until Saturday night when the Cougars take on San Diego at the Marriott Center (7 p.m., BYUtv), because the players have not been made available to the media since immediately after the loss (Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino).

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Coach Dave Rose met with reporters today before the Cougars practiced at the Marriott Center, however, and said he thinks his team is over the bitter disappointment.

"Guys are disappointed, I think," Rose said. "But they should be, because they played hard, they played well. We actually played well enough to win.

But we don't win, and so you got a lot invested in this, and you want them to actually have it sting.

But they were, by the end of practice [Thursday], and by the time we got out, excited and looking forward to the next game, and moving on, and you try to look for silver linings in this and one is the fact that it wasn't on a bye week. We get to play again on Saturday, and that's how you kinda move forward is you get a chance to go back out there and play."

I asked Rose where the 70-69 setback to SMC ranks on his list of toughest losses in his career.

"They are all hard. But the losses when you don't get to play again, those are the worst. And we get to play on Saturday, so let's go," he said.

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The Cougars should be fairly healthy for the game against the Toreros, who are 4-0 in WCC play, 11-8 overall.

Rose said sophomore guard Matt Carlino's back, which was giving him problems before the SMC game, seems to be getting better.

"He is still treating it," Rose said. "He had treatment yesterday and treatment again today. But he says it is feeling better. I was actually pleased with how he played. He took a couple really tough falls and got right back up, so hopefully he is on the mend."

Here are more of Rose's comments today:

On having the extra day to prepare for USD:

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