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BYU basketball notebook: Matt Carlino playing his best basketball coming off the bench

By Jeff Call, Deseret News

Published: Mon, Jan. 20 11:00 a.m. MST

 BYU guard Matt Carlino (center) drives past Utah Utes center Dallin Bachynski (right) to the basket during a game at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Dec. 14, 2013.

BYU guard Matt Carlino (center) drives past Utah Utes center Dallin Bachynski (right) to the basket during a game at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Dec. 14, 2013.

(Matt Gade, Deseret News)

PROVO — During BYU’s current five-game winning streak, guard Matt Carlino has been coming off the bench.

Carlino has embraced his role, and he’s playing his best basketball of the season.

In the last three games, Carlino is averaging 16.5 points and nearly five assists per game. He had just two turnovers in 51 minutes in victories at San Francisco and Santa Clara last weekend.

And during that stretch, he’s knocked down 9 of 16 3-pointers.

“Matt’s been playing awesome,” said guard Tyler Haws. “I feel like he’s making everyone around him better. He’s making good decisions in transition. He’s getting us into our offense and shooting the ball well. When he’s playing well, everyone else plays well.”

NO HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: BYU guard Anson Winder was looking forward to facing Santa Clara’s Evan Roquemore last Saturday.

“I actually grew up with Evan. We played on the same AAU team in fifth through sixth grade,” Winder said. “I know him really well. I know his family really well.”

However, Santa Clara announced just before tipoff that Roquemore, and another starter, John McArthur, would not play “for failure to uphold academic responsibilities.”

Roquemore, who averages 11.6 points per game, did not attend the game “due to a violation of team rules.”

“We went in expecting all of those guys to play,” Winder said. “When I heard (Roquemore) wasn’t going to play, I was a little disappointed because I love playing against him. But at the same time, I knew it would help us because he’s such a great player.”

LESSON LEARNED?: Haws drew two personal fouls in the first minute against Santa Clara, forcing him to the bench for the rest of the half.

It’s something Haws said he’ll learn from moving forward.

“It’s hard to get a feel for the way the refs are calling the game,” Haws said. “Each crew calls a game so differently, especially in league. I definitely have to be smarter and kind of get a feel for it in the first couple of minutes.”

NOTES: Haws eclipsed Lee Cummard Saturday for 12th in career scoring and Mark Bigelow for 10th in career free throws made. … Haws also scored in double figures for the 33rd straight game, which is tied for the eighth longest streak in BYU history with John Fairchild. … Freshman forward Eric Mika scored in double figures for the 17th straight game. That streak is the second longest by a freshman.

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1. Samwise
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 20, 2014

Of course BYU Hater Chris B is the first to comment on a BYU article that has nothing to do with the Utes (I admit Carlino was horrid against Utah, as was the rest of the team. It is 10 times worse than they have played in any other game all year and had they played just average, it would have been a completely different ball game, but I digress from my main point). Good job being predictable, Chris. The article is talking about how he as been dong well the past few game, which is true. The pas 4 games he has been shooting around 53% from the field. I am sure right now BYU's opponents are scared when he starts shooting. I hope he can keep it up. Go Cougars!

2. truth in all its forms
henderson, NV,
Jan. 20, 2014

I wish they would have just let Haws play instead of sitting him the whole first half. I would rather see a star play the majority of the game and foul out than waste away on the bench.

3. SamoanYfan
WEST JORDAN, UT,
Jan. 20, 2014

Is what Chris B. is trying to say if Carlino hadn't left a beloved prestigious PAC-12 program he'd be shooting around 60% of his shots. He shot himself in the foot by going to BYU. Isn't that right Chris?

Onward and Upward

4. Nate in the 808
orem, ut,
Jan. 20, 2014

Selective memory. Matt Carlino scored a game high 19 last year on 7-13 shooting vs Utah with 5 threes to make it 11 wins in 12 games vs the Utes.

Utah gets a home win vs a team rebuilding with no seniors and suddenly they are Richard Sherman.

5. souptwins
Lindon, UT,
Jan. 20, 2014

For whatever reason, Carlino seems to be able to come off the bench without the personal pressure to play heroics. His issues have always seemed mental when he would play frantic and make horrible decisions. Maybe just watching for the first few minutes allows him to get into the flow of the game or knowing someone has the starting job allows himself to be just another player & play within himself. I'm fine without knowing all the details as long as he keeps doing it. Go Coug's!