BYU Basketball Relies on Starters in Win over UCSB

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIDecember 22, 2011

DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Noah Hartsock #34 of the Brigham Young Cougars celebrates after a play against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The BYU Cougars picked up their 10th victory of the season on Thursday night, defeating the Santa Barbara Gauchos at home, 89-75.

For most of the game, the Gauchos actually kept it surprisingly close.  At halftime, BYU led by only six points, 38-32.  Two and a half minutes into the second half, UCSB had pulled to within one point, making the score 42-41 BYU.

From that point on, it was almost all BYU.  The Cougars would more than double their score, while clamping down on the Gauchos' offense.

In Tuesday's victory over Buffalo, the Cougars got a big effort off of the bench from Anson Winder, who scored 20 points in helping BYU to a 15-point victory.  Against UCSB, all of the production came from BYU's starting five.  No one on the Cougars' bench had scored a single point until Winder hit a free throw with less than a minute remaining in the game.

The only player in BYU's starting five who didn't get into double digits in points was Brock Zylstra, who attempted only five shots and still wound up with nine points.

Matt Carlino continued the hot start to his BYU career, scoring 22 points and adding six assists, as well as well as two rebounds, two steals and a block.  Those 22 points led all BYU scorers, and tied Carlino with Gauchos, Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally for top scorer in the game.

Noah Hartsock also continued in his absolutely dependable ways, putting in 21 points while pulling down five rebounds.