BYU trails at half

BYU Hoops Halftime: Cougars strugging, but hanging around vs. Oregon

2014-03-20T14:15:00Z 2014-04-15T16:08:52Z BYU Hoops Halftime: Cougars strugging, but hanging around vs. OregonJason Franchuk - Daily Herald Daily Herald
March 20, 2014 2:15 pm  • 

It's been exciting for BYU to get back into the NCAA Tournament.

Now, the Cougars have to shoot better.

BYU produced five more shots in the first half against Oregon, but made three fewer times. For that, the No. 10 seed trails, 39-31, against the No. 7 Ducks.

Tyler Haws has nine points to lead BYU, but he's just 4-of-11. His teammates are 5-for-22.

BYU has made just 9-of-32 shots. Oregon is 12-for-27, led by Elgin Cook's 10 points off the bench.

The Cougars have been hounded by constant foul trouble, especially to post players.

Eric Mika has a pair of fouls, as does Nate Austin and Haws. Wisconsin native Luke Worthington has three fouls in seven minutes during his homecoming to Milwaukee's Bradley Center.

BYU trailed by 15 points with 3:07 left in the half when a Worthington foul led to a pair of Jason Calliste free throws. 

But the Cougars closed with a 7-0 run. Frank Bartley hit a couple of charity shots and Matt Carlino (1-of-8 from the field) made his only basket on a hard drive off a second-chance opportunity that developed after a Haws shot was blocked.

Mika added a free throw with 41.5 seconds left. Oregon missed a couple of foul shots and BYU squandered its last possession with a turnover.

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