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JMorris | Posted: 2 Apr 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars fall to Bears 76-70 in NIT semifinals


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NEW YORK – A furious rally that included three-straight treys from Matt Carlino in the final minutes fell short as BYU lost 76-70 to Baylor in the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

"Congratulations to Coach Drew and the Baylor team," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "I thought they were just terrific down the stretch. They made every big play that they needed to make and I thought it was a great game. I thought both teams played hard. I thought it was a well‑played game. I'm really proud of our guys."

Neither team led by more than four points until the 8-minute mark in the second half when Baylor (22-14, 9-9 Big 12) took a five-point lead over BYU (24-12, 10-6 WCC) on a 3-pointer from Pierre Jackson. The Bears outscored the Cougars 12-7 from there for a 10-point cushion and a lead they wouldn't relinquish. 

Tyler Haws finished the game with a game-high 25 points and was 7 for 7 from the free throw line. Matt Carlino and Brandon Davies each notched double digits for BYU with 19 and 13 points, respectively, while Nate Austin tied his season high of nine points and led BYU with a career-high 11 rebounds. 

Carlino hit five three-pointers in the second half, including three-straight from the 1:31 mark to the 32 second mark to put BYU within striking distance. However, Baylor’s Jackson, who had a team-leading 24 points, connected on 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute to seal the victory for the Bears.

Baylor hit a shot on its first possession of the game, but BYU answered back with a Davies hook shot to even the game at 2-2. Davies built some Cougar momentum early when he blocked an attempted fast break from Baylor and followed on the offensive side with a slam on a missed jumper by Carlino.

Following the TV timeout at 15:27, Baylor called up an in-bounds play that tied the game at 6-all. The score jumped back and forth following a Baylor 3-pointer and a hook shot from Davies. An offensive rebound from Austin with 13:58 remaining gave him a scoring opportunity to put BYU up 11-9.

Haws hit a fade away at the 12:53 mark and Baylor followed with a baseline jumper to keep the score tied at 13-13. Carlino tried to create some separation after following his own miss and finishing at the basket with 11:56 on the clock. Austin then hit a jumper to give BYU its biggest lead of the game at 17-13.

BYU held onto the four-point lead until the 9:12 mark when Baylor hit its second trey of the game to bring the score to 19-18.

The Bears took a one-point lead with 6:33 remaining and, on their next possession, earned a bonus opportunity on foul shots to go up 24-21. The lead was short lived, however, as Haws finished on a feed from Austin and completed a 3-point play to tie the game at 24.

BYU continued its offensive penetration and ball movement to go up by two with 5:24 remaining, but Baylor followed with a 3-point shot. Cory Calvert drove to the basket on BYU’s next possession to cut the Bear lead back to one.

At the 3:22 mark, Austin hit his third field goal of the night to tie his season high in points and put BYU within two points of Baylor at 33-31. Both teams stayed quiet until the 1:08 mark when Carlino hit his second field goal of the night to even the score at 33. Baylor knocked down an offensive put-back with just seconds remaining to go into the locker room up 35-33 at the half.

A minute into the second half, Carlino knocked down his first 3-point field goal to tie the game at 38. Haws took the lead for BYU on its next possession with a reverse layup, extending his point total to 13 in the game.

Both teams continued to exchange points in the half. Haws gave BYU its first lead since the 17:59 mark with a fast-break dunk at 12:51 to go up 45-44. Baylor didn’t make a field goal for four minutes, but was able to tie the game at 45-all on a free throw from Isaiah Austin.

With the score tied at 47, Baylor went on a 5-0 run to take the biggest lead of the night for either team at 52-47. BYU answered with its own five-point run, highlighted by an NBA-range 3-point shot from Carlino to tie the score. The Bears then surged ahead with a 12-2 run for a 64-54 lead.

BYU and Baylor exchanged points on free throws to hold the score at 69-59 with 1:42 left. Carlino made a quick 3-pointer at the 1:33 mark and, after a Baylor turnover, hit another quick trey to cut the Baylor lead to just four. Two foul shots gave Baylor some insurance, but Carlino followed with another 3-point shot to put the Cougars within one possession at 71-68 with 37.0 seconds to play.

Baylor responded with one free throw and added a fast break layup after a missed BYU three to lead 74-68. The Bears held onto the lead and earned the 76-70 victory to advance to the championship game of the NIT.


Kyle Chilton | Posted: 29 Mar 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Kyle Chilton

BYU vs. Baylor in NIT semis at Madison Square Garden


Game notes: BYU vs. Baylor in the NIT

No. 3 seed BYU will face at No. 2 seed Baylor in the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament on Tuesday in Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. EDT. Tuesday's game will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

No. 3 seed BYU Cougars (24-11, 10-6 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 209-65 (8th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

No. 2 seed Baylor Bears (21-14, 9-9 Big 12)

  • Head Coach: Scott Drew
  • Alma Mater: Butler, 1993
  • Division I Career Record: 198-149 (11th)
  • Record at Baylor: 178-138 (10th)

BYU in the NIT

  • This is BYU’s 11th NIT appearance and first trip to the semifinals since 1966. The Cougars have a 15-8 record in the NIT, including titles in 1951 and 1966.
  • BYU has played in the NIT in the following years: 1951, 1953, 1954, 1966, 1982, 1986, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2013.
  • BYU retired the jerseys of Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson on Feb. 16, 2013. Hutchins and Minson led the Cougars to the 1951 NIT title.
  • BYU’s game with Baylor will tie for the latest game played into a calendar year at the end of a season in program history. BYU also played on April 2 in 1903, at 16-10 loss to Colorado at home.
  • BYU is 8-1 all-time in NIT games played in the Marriott Center with the only loss coming to Washington in 1982.

Game Information

  • TV: ESPN2
  • TV Talent: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dan Dakich (analyst), Bill Raftery (sideline)
  • Live Video:
  • Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Audio:
  • Live Stats:

Player and team notes

  • Matt Carlino, Brandon DaviesTyler Haws and Brock Zylstra have stepped up their level of play in the NIT. Carlino is averaging 17.7 points, 9.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals and has made 13 of 27 threes. Davies is averaging 20.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Haws is averaging 28.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Zylstra has posted averages of 13.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals and hit 9 of 19 threes.
  • Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies have combined for 1,379 points this season, the third most by two players in one season in BYU history. Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery combined for 1,530 in 2010-11 and Danny Ainge and Fred Roberts totaled 1,385 in 1980-81.
  • Tyler Haws has scored 20-plus points 24 times this season, tied for fourth all-time at BYU with Danny Ainge (1980-81). The record for 20-point games in a season is 33, set by Jimmer Fredette in 2010-11. Haws's 24 20-point games is a BYU sophomore record.
  • Tyler Haws's 37 points against Washington set a BYU record for points scored in an NIT game. The previous record was 28, set by Roland Minson during the Cougars' run to the 1951 NIT title.
  • BYU won its 20th game with a 70-68 victory against Utah State, giving the Cougars eight-straight 20-win seasons, the longest such streak in program history. All eight seasons have come under Dave Rose, a program record for 20-win seasons by one coach. Stan Watts had seven 20-win seasons.
  • Dave Rose earned his 200th career victory with a 74-57 win over San Diego on Jan. 19, 2013. Stan Watts is the only other coach in BYU history with 200-plus wins. Watts won his 200th game during his 12th season at the helm on Feb. 2, 1961, at New Mexico. It was his 329th career game (Watts’ career record was 371-254 in 23 seasons). Rose is in his eighth season and earned win number 200 in his 259th game.
  • BYU has completed five comebacks after trailing at the half this season. The Cougars trailed Utah and San Francisco by nine at the half and won 61-58 and 80-76. BYU trailed Pepperdine by five at the half at home and came back to win 76-51. The Cougars trailed at Pepperdine 31-20 but bounced back in the second half to win 63-61. BYU was behind 35-33 at the half against Washington before rallying to a 90-79 victory.
  • The Cougars are on pace to have one of their best seasons in the steals category. BYU has 288 steals in 35 games, good for 8.2 per game. The current records of 307 steals (36 games) and 8.5 steals per game were set during the 2009-10 season.
  • Tyler Haws hit 14 of 14 from the free throw line at LMU on March 2, his fourth game this season shooting 100 percent from the line while attempting at least 10 free throws, a BYU single-season record. He had been tied with Russell Larson (1993-94) and Ken Roberts (1994-95) for most perfect days from the line (minimum of 10 attempts) in a single season at three. Haws has five such games in his career, also a BYU record, and one ahead of Jimmer Fredette. Danny Ainge, Lee Cummard, Larson and Roberts are tied for third on the career list with three.
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