BYU races to big lead against Illinois State, hangs on for 80-68 win

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  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 12:24 p.m.

    Gosh, you know a fan is really struggling when he discusses a football game amid the basketball season and his teams loss. Let's see if we can help, your team lost to BYU in Basketball, it's a basketball article, stay with us here.

  • Uncle Leo Provo, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 12:00 p.m.

    Spokane Ute:

    Thanks for your civility!

    With Respect,

    Uncle Leo

  • Osgrath Cedar Hills - Utah, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 11:26 a.m.

    It remains to be seen how they will do in conference play - especially against Gonzaga and St. Marys. On the other hand, given their improved team cohesiveness and better defense, I don't expect as many inexplicable losses against the bottom half of the WCC as we have seen in the past.

  • Osgrath Cedar Hills - Utah, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 11:23 a.m.

    Night and day difference between this team and last year's. Childs has gotten better, for sure, and Elijah Bryant is a difference maker, I also feel that the point play of Hardnett has bonded the team together, even though he is not a scorer. Even Worthington looks much better than before.

    How much of the improvement comes from the absence of Nick Emery is hard to say. TJ Haws, his high school teammate, is playing much better this season, and some of that may coaching improvement and a year more maturity. Could that have helped Emery? I guess we won't know for a couple of years, if ever.

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 9:59 a.m.

    Coach Rose mentioned in previous games that the Cougars tend to relax when the get a lead, and this may yet, probably will, cost them a game or two if they don't correct it. That said, I'm so happy they won again! Will this team play above expectations and add a page to the chapter on great accomplishments of BYU BB teams? Hope so!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Dec. 7, 2017 8:30 a.m.

    I watched bits and pieces of the game; it was never in doubt. This BYU team looks much more unselfish then the last couple teams. They are making that extra pass or two which leads to open shots. I think they will improve on last years record. They looked pretty dang good to me; gotta give credit where credit is due.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Dec. 7, 2017 8:19 a.m.

    Illinois State is the defending champion of the always good MVC. That conference is usually seen as better than any out West. That was a dominant win over a really talented team. People who mock that team know nothing about this sport. BYU has already defeated many teams that finished top of their conference last year.

    BYU is shaping up to be far better than expected. They'll likely sweep all teams from Utah this year.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 6:59 a.m.

    Title could have been: "Illinois State Cold in First Half, Then Suddenly Came Alive!"

    It was their shooting that went from dismal to great. BYU just kept putting the points in the bucket all game. They had a guy who hit 4 consecutive 3-pointers late to give them a sprint. All in all, it made the game interesting. Their coach is credited for being animated and lively from the sidelines!

    Go BYU Cougars! Especially the Women's Volleyball Team in the Sweet Sixteen this weekend. You can do it! Great team!

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 6:48 a.m.

    Despite the expected jealous sniping from the haters, this was a blowout against a decent team - ranked higher in Sagarin than Utah State and several PAC 12 teams.

    BYU raced out to a 28-Point lead, then relaxed a little in the 2nd half to allow the Redbirds to make the final score seem a little more respectable with a flurry of late 3’s.

  • Mick , 00
    Dec. 7, 2017 5:52 a.m.


    The were up by 20-25 points the whole game except for the last 3-4 minutes.

  • Pugman Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 2:55 a.m.

    I watched the game also. Don't know what game you watched but BYU clearly dominated the Redbirds. Give up a little bit in the second half, but lets be honest.....when you have a 28 point lead sometimes you lose focus. has nothing to do with this article. Oh, how did those Aggies do against the Cougars. Thought so.

  • front ranger Loveland, CO
    Dec. 6, 2017 10:12 p.m.


    #120 Illinois St is ranked higher in Sagarin than Utah St, Oregon St, Washington St, and California, and the Redbirds beat South Carolina.

  • AggieAndee Holladay, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 10:05 p.m.

    I watched the game and it was hardly a blowout. BYU didn't look impressive and only won by 12 points against a little unknown school.

    A blowout is what USU did to BYU in football this year.

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 9:03 p.m.

    Illinois State 😂