Delly's dagger sinks BYU as Saint Mary's earns 70-69 win in Provo
Well, the 14,857 fans who stayed up late to watch BYU take on Saint Mary's at the Marriott Center got their money's worth tonight, even if all but a few went home unhappy.
SMC's Matthew Dellavedova hit a running 35-footer at the buzzer, just after Tyler Haws scored with 2.5 seconds left, and the Gaels edged the Cougars 70-69 in a game sure to have postseason ramifications.
It is past midnight, so I will pass along a couple comments, with the promise of more on this classic contest tomorrow.
BYU coach Dave Rose:
"We will have to look at the film to see if our guys got back on defense quick enough, but it looked like Dellavedova had a lot of space. Things happen pretty quick, and he had to make a pretty tough shot to win it."
(Actually, Anson Winder was on Delly pretty good, but the Aussie double-pumped and got off the shot cleanly. Replays showed the ball left his hand with .6 seconds left).
Rose's overall thoughts:
"I thought this was a great college basketball game. Two teams battling hard and players making plays. It was a physical game, and all the players responded to that. It all came down to a guy making a really tough play late in the game. We have to congratulate Saint Mary's. They played well, came in here and got a big win."
Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett:
"It was a little dramatic, but we will take it. Early on I thought we were getting good shots. We stayed with it. We didn't panic and that was the key."
Bennett on Dellavedova playing with four fouls:
"I don't think we have a chance to win the game if I don't have him in there down the stretch. There's no sense in saving him for the last three minutes. I would rather take a chance and let him stay in the game."
BYU's Tyler Haws on his emotions after seemingly making the game-winner, only to see it topped:
"I am kinda stunned. I am at a loss for words. I thought we had the game won, and Dellavedova hit a big shot, so we have to give him credit. We knew coming in that it was going to be a boxing match, and that's what it was for 40 minutes, back and forth. We have to give them a lot of credit. They are a good team."
BYU's Matt Carlino on the ending:
"That was a heckuva shot. Like Tyler [Haws] said, we have to give them credit. They made the shot, and they won. It is always hard when you lose like that."