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Barcello’s hot-shooting, record-setting night leads BYU over San Francisco
PROVO, Utah — In the second-to-last game of the regular season, Alex Barcello led BYU men’s basketball to a 79-73 win over San Francisco, setting a new school record for most 3-pointers made in a game without a miss.
Barcello scored a career-high of 29 points on 7-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc.
“Every shot, he shot with more and more arc," said BYU head coach Mark Pope. "He knew they were going in. He didn’t miss a shot the whole morning at shoot-around. He was shooting it higher and higher so it would take longer to get to the rim, so that all the fans could take it in. It was amazing!”
The previous BYU record for most threes in a game without a miss was held by Brock Zylstra, who went 6-for-6 against USF in 2012, and Nathan Call, who went 6-for-6 against Utah in 1991.
Caleb Lohner led the way for BYU (18-5, 9-3) in the first half with a dominating performance, scoring 13 first-half points, a first-half career-high for him. He also had a team-high nine rebounds. In his last three games, Lohner has scored a combined 50 points.
BYU held USF to 38 percent shooting and only 16 points in the paint, while the Cougars shot 59 percent. The Dons only had three turnovers in the game, compared to 12 for BYU.
USF (10-12, 4-8) stayed close for the first 12 minutes of the game, as the teams had 13 lead changes during that span. BYU took over with 8:15 left in the half and held the lead for the remainder of the game.
BYU held USF’s second leading scorer, Khalil Shabazz, to a single point in the first half and most of the second, until the very end of the game, when he scored 11 points. Last year when the Dons and Cougars met in Provo, Shabazz had 16 points, and in his three career games against BYU, he averaged 26 points per game. San Francisco attempted to close in on the lead with 4:30 left in the second half with an 8-0 run. BYU kept the lead regardless, as Shabazz and Barcello exchanged threes.
In the second half, Gideon George scored nine points for the Cougars, compared to only two in the first 20 minutes. Four Cougars finished the night in double figures, including Barcello, Lohner, George, and Brandon Averette with 10. Averette also had a team-high five assists.
BYU will wrap up its regular season in the Marriott Center Saturday, Feb. 27 against Saint Mary’s for senior night. The matchup will air on ESPNU. The game will also be broadcast on the BYU Sports Networks on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM. Fans will once again be present for only the second time this season.
BYU to take on USF at home
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball will face San Francisco (10-11, 4-7) Thursday at the Marriott Center, and for the first time this season, the Cougars will play on their home court in front of more than just their families. Limited tickets have been made available for purchase. The Cougars are coming off of two dominant road wins last week. San Francisco is looking to pick up some steam before entering the postseason. The Dons have lost five if their last six games, dating back to the last time these two teams faced each other in San Francisco. The Dons’ last win was more than a month ago, Jan. 21 against Santa Clara.
The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. PST. It will also be broadcast live on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
BYU Notes (17-5, 8-3 West Coast Conference)
- The Cougars are 17-5, most recently defeating LMU 88-71.
- BYU is No. 2 in the WCC standings, with an .801 adjusted winning percentage.
- BYU has wins over LMU, Portland (twice), Pacific (twice), Pepperdine, San Francisco, Saint Mary’s, Weber State, Texas Southern, No. 18 San Diego State, Utah, Utah State, St. John’s, Utah Valley, New Orleans and Westminster. The four losses were to USC, Boise State, No. 1 Gonzaga (twice) and Pepperdine.
- BYU is led by senior guard Alex Barcello who is averaging 15.4 points, 4.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.
- Matt Haarms and Brandon Averette, BYU’s other two senior leaders along with Barcello, are the next behind Barcello in scoring with 11.5 and 11.2 points per game respectively.
- Haarms is coming off a season-high five blocks against LMU.
- Freshman Caleb Lohner has led the team in rebounding almost all season, averaging 6.7 boards per game. Lohner had a breakout game offensively against Pacific last, racking up a career-high 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. He followed that up with an 18-point performance against LMU, continuing to shoot lights-out from the field. He was named the WCC Freshman of the Week.
- BYU is one of only 11 Div. I teams currently in the KenPom top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.
- The Cougars have had six different players lead them in scoring in the last six games.
- BYU’s bench production has been big this season, outscoring opponents in 20 of 22 games played.
- BYU has never lost back-to-back games in the Mark Pope era and has the third-longest active streak of games played without consecutive losses at 56. The two teams above them are Houston and Gonzaga.
Head Coach – Mark Pope
- Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
- Division I Career Record: 118-69 (6th Season)
- Record at BYU: 41-13 (2nd season)
San Francisco Notes (10-11, 4-7 West Coast Conference)
- USF is 10-11, with its most recent result being a 68-63 loss to LMU.
- USF is No. 8 in the WCC standings, with a .332 adjusted winning percentage.
- The Dons have wins this season over Santa Clara, Portland (twice), San Diego, Grand Canyon, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly, Nevada, No. 4 Virginia and Towson. Their losses have come to Pepperdine, BYU, LMU (twice), No. 1 Gonzaga (twice), Oregon, Cal, Rhode Island and Massachusetts-Lowell.
- After dropping their season opener to Massachusetts-Lowell, the Dons shocked No. 4 Virginia 61-60.
- The Dons are led by two stars in their backcourt — Jamaree Bouyea (17.8 points per game) and Khalil Shabazz (15.3 points per game). Shabazz came off the bench in the Dons’ home win over BYU last year, going 10-10 from the field, including 6-6 from three. His 32 points were a career high for the redshirt junior guard. He followed that up with another 30-point performance when the two teams met earlier this season.
Head Coach – Todd Golden
- Alma Mater: Saint Mary’s, 2008
- Division I Career Record: 32-23 (2nd Season)
- Record at San Francisco: 32-23 (2nd Season)
- All-Time Series: BYU leads 20-9
- Last Meeting: BYU won 72-63 on Jan. 16 in San Francisco
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- TV Talent: TBA
- Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM
- Streamed Audio: BYURadio.org, BYUCougars.com/LiveRadio and the BYU Radio, BYUCougars and BYU Gameday apps
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com