College basketball: Davies dominates as BYU beats Weber State
Ogden • In the end, there was just too much Brandon Davies.
The long, lean BYU forward repeatedly schooled Weber State's post players, twisting and turning and leaving them swatting at air on his way to a career-high 33 points.
And the Cougars, who also received 23 points from Tyler Haws, needed everything Davies could bring before pulling away from Weber State in the second half Saturday night and winning 78-68 in the Dee Events Center.
"Once you get into a rhythm, you get feeling good and your teammates get confidence in you," Davies said afterward. "They expect you to make plays, and they'll keep throwing you the ball.
Davies not only kept BYU's offense on track, he also forced Weber State's big man Kyle Tresnak into foul trouble.
The Wildcats' post played barely three minutes of the first half and finished with four points.
Then again, the way Davies was playing, it might have taken several Tresnaks to cool down the Cougar senior.
"All respect goes to Davies," said WSU forward Dav Berry, whose offensive efforts pulled the Wildcats within two in the second half.
"He has the complete package," Berry continued. "We threw the monster [double team] at him, he passed it out. We went one on one and he'd score. We needed to do a better job, but I'm not taking any game away from him."
The victory snapped WSU's 20-game home win streak and modest overall three-game run. For BYU, it was a second consecutive victory against an in-state rival, coming off a victory against Utah.
Weber State did close to within two points midway through the second half. But the Cougars (7-3) dug in and went on an 8-0 run to take back control. BYU gradually pulled away in the last seven minutes.
"[BYU] played terrific tonight," WSU coach Randy Rahe said. "I watched a lot of film of their last five games, and to me they looked as good as they ever looked. They were highly motivated. I thought they played with a great edge tonight. Their staff had them ready to play.
"We were ready to play, too."
The difference, however, was shot-making. Weber State did convert a respectable 45 percent of its attempts, but was only 4 of 19 from the 3-point line.
That and another lackluster performance at the foul line 14 of 25 prevented WSU from sustaining any attack.
Although Berry, who scored 14 of his 25 in the second half, aggressively brought the Wildcats back into the contest, the Cougars' length on the perimeter wreaked havoc with WSU's shooter guards, including Scott Bamforth, who was 1 of 8 from the field.
"I thought our kids battled," Rahe said. "We kept fighting and made a push in the second half and was heading down the stretch in position. And then we had a couple of hiccups along the way."
And also too much Davies.
"Our staff talked about it all week," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "We needed someone to be consistent the whole game through.
"Consistently through the whole 40 minutes we could get a basket or two [from Davies] at times, crucial times."
R Brandon Davies converts 14 of 17 shots on the way to a career-high 33 points.
• Weber State pulls to within two points midway through the second half, but BYU responds with an 8-0 run.
• BYU snaps Weber State's 20-game home winning streak.