I arrived very late, 7 minutes or so into the game, and we were down 10-25. My only comment, is that if you want people to arrive early, or close to on-time to Basketball games, don’t schedule them at 6:00 PM on a work night.
Settling into our seats, was me, and in my wife’s seat, my son, in from out of town for the week. He grew up watching Ute basketball and was thrilled to happen to be here for the YBU game.
The team was NOT playing well, but I do not have great expectations for this year, as the team is so young, even if they eventually might turn out to be talented. And then, we might also eventually turn out to retain some talent.
THE REASONS WE WON (in reverse order of importance):
- The Utes kept fighting, in spite of the lack of performance/efficiency, which kept them from going too far in the hole. Props to the players and coaches.
- BYU seemed to have every opportunity to put us completely away, but seemed to fail to do so.
- The real reason we won has to do with exactly one thing:
Just before half-time, it was announced that people should remain in their seats for the intermission, as there would be a special presentation honoring Majerus for his recent hall of fame induction. A large, obnoxious group of BYU fans filling the KK section of the upper bowl, chanted, or sang, or something to generate so much noise that most of the arena could not hear the first 2/3 of the presentation.
The Fat Man was clearly watching and between this completely unreasonable act of disrespect, and the fact that Burgess is an assistant coach for BYU, he pulled every string he could from his new position and overturned the result.
God Bless you Fat Man! Still winning games for Utah, better than any subsequent Utah coach!