Notes and quotes from BYU's 60-57 win over SMC
That's the word the Cougars and coach Dave Rose used most often in post-game interviews on Saturday night in Moraga, after the Cougars rallied in the second half for a 60-57 win over Saint Mary's. BYU trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half and 12 in the second half before getting their first-ever win at McKeon Pavilion, which was absolutely rocking.
Here's my game story, which notes how BYU moved back into second place in the WCC standings with three regular-season games remaining: Gonzaga, Portland and at San Diego.
Ironically, the Cougars swept the teams tied for third place in the standings — SMC and San Francisco — and lost at last-place Loyola Marymount, fifth-place Portland, sixth-place Pepperdine and seventh-place Pacific.<
Couple of things I didn't mention in the game story:
* The last time BYU won a game when not scoring at least 60 points was on March 7, 2009. The Cougars beat Air Force 54-49 that day. More recently, BYU beat Utah 61-58 in December of 2012 and 61-42 in December of 2011 in low-scoring games.
* Saint Mary's' Brad Waldow wasn't in foul trouble, but played just 32 minutes. He turned in another monster game with 17 points and 13 rebounds, including 6 offensive boards.
* Tyler Haws was the only player to go all 40 minutes. He was 8 of 15 from the field after a couple subpar shooting nights against San Francisco and Pacific, totaling 18 points. Haws also had four assists and three steals, tying a season-high.
Haws has reached the 1,800-point total, becoming the second-fastest BYU player to reach that plateau (97 games). Danny Ainge got there in 91 games.
Haws has now scored in double digits in 41 straight games, the seventh-longest streak in BYU history. If he does it Thursday night against Gonzaga, he will tie Jimmer Fredette for the sixth-longest streak.
* Kyle Collinsworth had 14 points before fouling out, the 20th-straight game he has reached double figures. He also had six boards and three assists.
Collinsworth left the game favoring his right knee after a nasty fall, but returned a few minutes later. Coach Dave Rose said Collinsworth and Luke Worthington (shoulder) will be evaluated on Monday; He didn't know the extent of either injury.
* Nate Austin has posted 10 or more rebounds nine times this season. Big Nate corrected me when I mentioned he had 10 rebounds — not knowing he was credited for that last board with 2 seconds remaining. "Um, 11 rebounds," he said.
The junior now has the 13th most offensive rebounds in a season for BYU, with 76.