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Anonymous | Posted: 22 Feb 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU falls to Saint Mary's despite Davies' 25 points


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MORAGA, Calif. – Despite an exceptional performance by senior Brandon Davies, the BYU men's basketball team fell to the Saint Mary's Gaels 64-57 Thursday night at McKeon Pavilion.

With the loss, BYU moves to 20-9 on the season and 9-5 in the West Coast Conference. Saint Mary's improves to 23-5 overall and 12-2 in the WCC.

"It's a lot easier to grow as a team when you win, not after a loss," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "And it's a shame because I thought our guys played tough tonight. We could have won. When it came down to making big plays, they made them. Dellavedova is an amazing player and he leads that team. We thought we had a good game plan coming in and could keep it close, and we really were so close."

Davies led all scorers with 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting. He was also the leading rebounder with nine boards and tied Gaels point guard Matthew Dellavedova with a game-high four assists.

The loss soured a milestone night for BYU sophomore Tyler Haws, who became the second Cougar in history to reach 1,000 career points during his sophomore season. Haws finished the game with 12 points and six rebounds. He now has 1,003 career points.

With BYU up 4-3 early on, senior Brock Zylstra saved the ball from going out of bounds and found Craig Cusick open for a 3-pointer. A nice spin move and finger roll by Davies gave BYU an 11-6 advantage five minutes into the game.

After a 6-0 BYU run, the Gaels tied the game at 13 with seven unanswered points of their own. With BYU trailing 18-17, Cougar guard Matt Carlino split the defense and forced Gaels forward Mitchell Young to slide into help position, leaving Davies wide open to throw down an alley-oop with 10:04 to go in the half.

Saint Mary's took a 22-19 lead after making four straight free throws. BYU regained the lead with a pair of free throws by Nate Austin and a turnaround jumper by Davies on the right block with 6:00 remaining in the first period.

Davies capped off his impressive first half with a nice bounce pass to Austin for a layup that gave the Cougars a 32-28 advantage that they took into the locker room at halftime. Davies scored 12 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists in 17 first half minutes. BYU shot 59 percent in the first half, compared to 35 percent for Saint Mary's.

Continuing his stellar night, Davies scored the first basket of the second half to put the Cougars up 34-28. The Gaels, however, regained the lead with a 7-0 run over the next three minutes. Saint Mary's pushed its lead to five at 41-36 before Davies finished an old-fashioned three-point play to pull the Cougars within three. A layup by Zylstra tied the game at 41 with 13:37 to play in the game.

Zylstra split a pair of free throws to put BYU ahead at 44-43 with 11 minutes to go. The Cougars went cold for the next three minutes, however, allowing the Gaels to build a 49-44 lead.

With BYU trailing 54-48 with 5:49 left in the game, Davies caught the ball on the right block and spun to the baseline. A quick pass fake to the middle of the floor turned Davies' defender around, freeing the BYU big man up for a layup. It was the Cougars' first field goal in more than five minutes.

Just before the five-minute mark, Zylstra made a 3-pointer in transition that pulled the Cougars within one at 54-53. With 1:20 to play and BYU trailing 59-57, Carlino went to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game but missed both shots.

Saint Mary's put the game away at the free throw line, making four in a row to make the final score 64-57.

BYU returns to the Marriott Center next Thursday for its final home game of the season. They will face WCC leader Gonzaga at 9 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.


Kyle Chilton | Posted: 20 Feb 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Kyle Chilton

Cougars at Saint Mary's on Thursday


Game notes: BYU at Saint Mary's

After a 70-68 win over Utah State on Tuesday, BYU returns to WCC play on Thursday to take on Saint Mary's at McKeon Pavilion at 8 p.m. PST. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

BYU Cougars (20-8, 9-4 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 205-62 (8th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

Saint Mary's (22-5, 11-2 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Randy Bennett
  • Alma Mater: UC San Diego, 1986
  • Division I Career Record: 257-123 (12th)
  • Record at Saint Mary's: Same

Game Information

  • TV: ESPN2
  • TV Talent: Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play), Sean Farnham (analyst)
  • Live Video:
  • Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Steve Cleveland (analyst)
  • Live Audio:
  • Live Stats:

Series Information

  • Series Record: BYU leads 8-5
  • Last Meeting: Saint Mary's won 70-69, 1/16/13
  • H/A/N: 6-3/1-2/1-0

Projected starters

Saint Mary's (22-5, 11-2 WCC)
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
1 Jorden Page 6-1 G 7.0 1.9
4 Matthew Dellavedova 6-4 G 15.8 3.1
14 Stephen Holt 6-4 G 11.9 5.4
3 Mitchell Young 6-9 F 7.6 5.7
00 Brad Waldow 6-9 F 9.8 5.4
BYU Cougars (20-8, 9-4 WCC)
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
10 Matt Carlino 6-2 G 11.1 3.1
2 Craig Cusick 6-2 G 4.2 2.4
3 Tyler Haws 6-5 G 21.2 4.6
13 Brock Zylstra 6-6 G 7.2 4.0
0 Brandon Davies 6-9 F 17.7 7.6

Player and team notes

  • 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.
  • Tyler Haws has scored 20-plus points 19 times this season. He opened the year with six-straight 20-point games and later had a streak of seven-consecutive 20-point games.
  • Matt Carlino has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 WCC games. During WCC play he is averaging 15.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.8 steals. His assist to turnover ratio during that time is 2.1 to 1.
  • BYU has completed four 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 shot a season-best .596 from the field against Portland on Feb. 16, surpassing the .583 the Cougars shot at home against Santa Clara on Feb. 2. BYU has shot .500 of better 12 times this season and is 11-1 in those games. The Cougars also had 26 assists against the Pilots, one off the season high of 27 set against Eastern New Mexico. BYU did set a season best with a 3.3 to 1 assist to turnover ratio against Portland.
  • BYU has been a better shooting team in league games than nonconference games. The Cougars are shooting better from the field (.479 in WCC play to .445 in nonconference games) and from three (.369 to .306). BYU has also shown big improvements in the steals category, increasing its per game average from 8.8 per game in non-league games to 9.4 per game in WCC games. At 9.1 steals per game in all games, the Cougars are on pace to set the program record for steals per game and steals in a season.
  • Tyler Haws has shot 100 percent from the line while attempting at least 10 free throws in three games this season, tied with Russell Larson (1993-94) and Ken Roberts (1994-95) for most perfect days from the line (minimum of 10 attempts). Haws has four such games in his career, tied for the most in BYU history with Jimmer Fredette. Danny Ainge, Lee Cummard, Larson and Roberts are tied for second on the career list with three.