Credit Gib Arnold’s Rainbow Warriors for hanging around No. 21 BYU for as long as they did, especially while shooting such a poor percentage (30 percent).
In the end, it was still a 78-57 loss at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
UH did a respectable job of not allowing the Cougars’ star point guard, Jimmer Fredette, to dominate the game. But BYU’s depth was just too much to overcome as Jimmer’s teammates found themselves open from 3 far too many times.
Meanwhile, UH’s normally reliable shooters, Bo Barnes and Zane Johnson, were blanked from beyond the arc.
Interesting tactic by Arnold to go with three true freshman — Bobby Miles,Barnes and Trevor Wiseman — in his starting lineup. It’s possible this was a spontaneous move before tipoff, . In any case, the normal starters, Hiram Thompson and Johnson, were inserted before long.
Center Vander Joaquim had a good game, despite it all. He was a big reason UH outrebounded the Cougars, and he had his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.
The UH women’s basketball team (4-3) is looking to bounce back on the road against Portland (5-3).
They just tipped off. A free internet stream of the game is available, click here.