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PROVO - BYU endured their first loss of the season to UCLA last Saturday, but Coach Dave Rose was encouraged by the way Brandon Davies was able to score down in the post.

In the first play that Rose examined, BYU was working in their transition offense, pushing the ball up to the wing. UCLA played tight defense on the guards, leaving the post open with single coverage. Davies recognized the defense quickly and was able to take the ball to the rim, scoring an easy basket.

"That's what we want our post guys to do," Rose said. "UCLA was not going to leave our shooters and so we really needed Brandon to take on the offensive slack."

On another play, Jimmer tries to work the ball into the post but doesn't like the defense. Reversing the ball, Davies follows and is able to get the ball into him. With the guards heavily defended, Davies was able to make a similar play as the first.

Coach Rose believes that if the team can continue to read the defense as Davies did on the two plays examined, "[it] will really strengthen our team."

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