Although eliminated from medal contention at the World University Games, Team USA still has games to play, and Sunday in Kazan, Russia, the Americans got their classification round underway with a 91-51 win over Norway.
With wing Treveon Graham unavailable due to injury, BYU's Tyler Haws played 15-plus minutes, and had his best scoring performance at the WUG, contributing nine points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field and 3-for-5 shooting from the free throw line; he added three rebounds and a steal.
It was a game the United States needed to win, and win big. Instead, on Friday in Kazan, Russia, Team USA fell to Canada by a score of 94-85, dropping the U.S. out of World University Games medal contention and into the classification round.
Now relegated to a finish between 9th and 16th place, Team USA's 2013 performance will go down as the worst showing for a USA Basketball men's squad at the WUG; in 20 previous appearances, the lowest finish was 5th in 2011.
(Note: in 2007, USA Basketball did not field a team at the WUG. University of Northern Iowa represented the U.S. and finished 9th)
Team USA suffered a damaging setback at the World University Games on Thursday, falling 93-84 to Australia in a game that saw BYU's Tyler Haws fail to register any playing time.
The defeat was the first for the U.S. prior to the WUG quarterfinals/knockout phase since 1981, when USA lost to Canada in its fourth preliminary round game, only to bounce back and win out to capture the gold medal. Thursday's loss also occurred in the fourth preliminary-round game for Team USA, following three victories.
BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy had another honor added to his growing list of accolades on Thursday, with the senior standout named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's most outstanding defensive player.
Teammate Eathyn Manumaleuna has been named to the Outland Trophy watch list, his first honors recognition as a Cougar. The Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman; Manumaleuna has played both defensive end and nose tackle over his team-leading 43 career games played.
Van Noy was earlier this week named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, and it is expected he will appear on yet two more such lists--for the Butkus (best linebacker) and Lombardi Awards (best lineman/linebacker), when they are released next Monday.
Team USA stayed perfect in group play at the World University Games on Wednesday in Kazan, Russia, pulling away from Sweden for an 83-65 victory. The win improved the U.S. to 3-0, in a tie with Canada for the lead atop Group C, with two preliminary-round games remaining.
BYU's Tyler Haws played just over seven of the game's 40 minutes, his lowest floor-time total of the games. Haws scored a single point on 1-for-2 shooting from the free throw stripe; he missed both of his field goal attempts. His stat line included a rebound, a turnover and a foul.
After leading Team USA in field goal percentage and standing second in points per game over two exhibition contests played in Kazan, Haws is currently last on the team in FG% and scoring over three games in competition.
The assigned task was simple enough: determine three "swing games" on BYU's 2013 schedule. The question then becomes: what constitutes a "swing game"?
Determining a definition may be a subjective process, but my approach was to single out three games that, by virtue of their calendar placement, projected difficulty and any associated subtext, serve as distinct mileposts by which the Cougars can be most fairly measured.
BYU tight end Kaneakua Friel was on Tuesday named as one of 37 players nominated for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's most outstanding tight end.
Friel becomes the third BYU player named to a preseason award watch list, joining teammates Kyle Van Noy and JD Falslev (see below).
BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy on Monday received the first of what should be multiple college football award nominations, named as one of 75 players on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the college defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.
Last season, Van Noy was a preseason watch list nominee for the Bednarik, Bronco Nagurski (most outstanding defensive player) and Rotary Lombardi (lineman/linebacker of the year) Awards, but his most prominent recognitions came for his performance in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Team USA is off to a 2-0 start to pool play at the World University Games, defeating the Czech Republic 96-53 on Monday, in a game that tipped off at 3:00 a.m. MT from the Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia.
BYU's Tyler Haws played 12 minutes and scored two points, following up on a 11-minute, four-point performance in Team USA's tourney-opening win over the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
On a day when the only question was whether Team USA could possibly win by a hundred points or more, USA Basketball's World University Games squad got its preliminary round off to a rousing start on Sunday, running away from the United Arab Emirates by a score of 140-46.
In the Group C opener for both sides, played at the Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia, BYU's Tyler Haws saw his first international action, playing 11 minutes off the bench and becoming the first BYU player in 30 years to wear the Team USA jersey in competition.
Haws made one of his three field goal attempts and both free throw attempts for four points; he added seven rebounds and two assists, finishing with a game-high four personal fouls.
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