Got to wonder if the NCAA executives had Monday night’s BYU-Stanford game in mind when they decided to tinker with the defensive rules in the offseason.
Both teams combined for 215 points … in regulation.
BYU prevailed 112-103 largely because junior guards Tyler Haws (31 points) and Matt Carlino (26) combined for 57 points and every starter reached double-digit scoring. Making their first trip to Maples Pavilion since 1969, the Cougars (2-0) overcame Stanford’s size advantage with speed, accurate perimeter shooting and fast-breaking scores.
Stanford (1-1) received 33 points from junior guard Chasson Randle, senior forward Dwight Powell had 28 and Anthony Brown 16.
“I can’t remember scoring over 100 points and losing a basketball game in college, a 40-minute game,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins told the San Francisco Chronicle.
A few statistical notes:
— It was the first time the Cardinal topped 100 points since it defeated Oregon State 103-101 in quadruple overtime on Jan. 7, 2012.
— The 215 total points were the most since Stanford edged UCLA 116-110 in double-overtime on Dec. 23, 1987.
— Monday’s output represented the most combined points in regulation since Dec. 6, 1985, when Stanford defeated Yale 129-108.
— BYU’s 112 points were the most allowed by Stanford since a 114-93 loss at UCLA on Feb. 24, 1977.
— It was just the 28th 100-point game for Stanford in school history.
Losing to BYU at home isn’t as bad as Oregon State dropping a game to Coppin State on its court, but it’s not good for the Pac-12, Stanford and Dawkins.
The Associated Press reported: “The disappointing early showing doesn’t bode well for Dawkins, who is coaching for his job this season. Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir, who sat in a mid-level section in the arena watching the game, has made it clear he expects the Cardinal to reach the NCAA tournament – which hasn’t happened during Dawkins’ first five years on the job.
Dawkins certainly believed coming into the season that his team would be playing in the top-tier tournament come March, with Stanford returning its top four scorers and all but two players from last season’s team that reached the second round of the NIT. Instead, the 2013-14 campaign is already off to a rocky start.”
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— No. 6 Arizona had no problems dismantling Long Beach State, a NCAA tourney team last season, in a 91-57 rout at the McKale Center. Brandon Ashley led the Wildcats (2-0) with 16 points and three UA players (Nick Johnson, Gabe York and Aaron Gordon) each had 14. LBSU (1-1) had just one player in double-figure scoring, Dan Jennings 16 points. The 49ers visit Washington on Nov. 30th.
— Connecticut received a triple double from Shabazz Napier, who carried the Huskies to an 80-62 win over Yale. The senior guard finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, to record the 10th triple double in school history. UConn plays at Washington on Dec. 22. UW may be able to dominate UConn on the glass because its big men have been an early disappointment.
— UC Irvine, which plays at Washington on Thursday, starts a two-game road trip at Pacific tonight.
— After a rocky start, No. 24 UCLA (1-0) must work on its chemistry tonight against Drexel.
— Arizona State coach Herb Sendek faces his former school tonight when the Sun Devils (1-0) host Miami (Ohio).
— It should be another tuneup for California (1-0), which takes on Denver (0-0). The Golden Bears seek continued improvement after its trio of guards (Justin Cobbs, Tyrone Wallace and freshman Jabari Bird) combined for 50 points, 16 rebounds, 18 assists and just one turnover in the opener.
— USC (0-1) hopes to get new coach Andy Enfield his first win with the Trojans when they play Cal State Northridge tonight.