Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3) drives up the middle, as Brad Waldow (00) defends, in basketball action, BYU vs. St Mary's, at the Marriott Center, Saturday, February 1, 2014.
BYU basketball: A year later, Cougars remember Dons’ outburst

BYU can’t afford a repeat of last season’s stunning home loss.

First Published Feb 07 2014 01:50 pm • Last Updated Feb 07 2014 09:17 pm

Provo • It is probably just a coincidence that BYU is hosting San Francisco on Saturday night at the Marriott Center, the big showdown of teams tied for second place in the West Coast Conference standings coming almost a year to the day when the Dons handed the Cougars their most stunning home loss of last season.

But it certainly is symbolic.

At a glance

San Francisco at BYU

At the Marriott Center, Provo

Tipoff » Saturday, 7 p.m.

TV » BYUtv. Radio » 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

Records » BYU 16-9 (8-4); San Francisco 15-9 (8-4)

Series history » BYU leads 9-6

Last meeting » BYU 83, San Francisco 76 (Jan. 16)

About the Dons » They are coming off a 74-67 win at San Diego on Thursday night, rallying from a 10-point deficit midway through the second half. Cole Dickerson scored 21 points and Avry Holmes added 15. … They are 4-1 since losing in mid-January at home to the Cougars. … Four players average in double figures in scoring, led by Dickerson at 14.8 ppg. and F Kruize Pinkins at 12.4 ppg.

About the Cougars » They are tied with the Dons for second place in the WCC with an 8-4 league record and have won eight straight games at home, averaging 90.1 points in those games. … Guard Tyler Haws is averaging 24.7 points per game, third-best in the country and best in the WCC. … Freshman F Eric Mika had his third double-double of the season in Thursday’s 89-76 win over Santa Clara with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

That 99-87 loss 364 days ago represented a low point in BYU’s 2012-13 season, while the outcome of this one will either put the Cougars (8-4, 16-9) alone in second place in the WCC, or back in the pack of pretenders who have no hope of catching league-leading Gonzaga or earning an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

With a much-improved San Francisco team (15-9, 8-4) in the house on a weekend night and a decent starting time for once, the Cougars are expecting their biggest crowd of the season, perhaps close to 20,000.

"It is a real challenge," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "They came in here last year and scored 99 points, [so] that will be where we start [preparing]."

The Cougars dropped USF 83-76 at War Memorial Gymnasium on Jan. 16, but the Dons are 4-1 since then and picked up some big momentum Thursday night with a 74-67 victory at San Diego while BYU was handling Santa Clara, 84-71.

"They are just a really physical team, and they play hard for 40 minutes," said BYU guard Tyler Haws, held to 15 points in San Francisco, nine shy of his average. "They are really good at sharing the ball, and making you pay for mistakes on defense."

Last year, the Dons put together a sizzling shooting display in the second half, missing just one field-goal attempt in the game’s final 14 minutes to overcome a 15-point BYU advantage and win going away. The visitors were 9-for-10 from 3-point range in the second half, shooting 72 percent from the field as BYU faded while playing its second game in three nights. San Francisco hadn’t played in a week.

De’End Parker, who has since made Cal State San Marcos his fourth college stop, went off for 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting; Chris Adams, now a role player coming off the bench with a 4.5 scoring average, went 5-for-6 from deep, and Avry Holmes went 3-for-5.

"Wow," was all BYU’s Rose could say after the onslaught of 3s.

story continues below
story continues below

San Francisco lost Cody Doolin when the star point guard got in an altercation with a teammate in November and quit the team, but the team picked up junior college transfer Kruize Pinkins, a 6-foot-7 forward who combines with All-WCC performer Cole Dickerson (14.8 ppg.) to give the Dons one of the better inside duos in the league.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.