The second half went much like the first half with BYU holding a small lead until a 9-0 run by UMass midway through the half put the Minutemen up by four points, 45-41.
A 3-pointer by Anson Winder gave the Cougars a two-point lead with 6:05 left in the second half but UMass responded on the next possession to tie it up, 55-55.
The Cougars started quick with a Chase Fischer 3-pointer and held an early 9-4 lead after the first three minutes of play. The Minutemen responded with a 12-0 run to take a 16-9 lead.
The focus of practice and activities turned to service and worship on Sunday in the final lead-up to the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl pitting BYU vs. Memphis at Marlins Park on Monday (2 p.m. ET/ESPN).
Sunday morning representatives from both BYU and Memphis made a special visit to patients at Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami. The visit was designed to help wish the children and their families a Happy Holiday season.
The two teams kept it close early in the second half, trading points back and forth. Anson Winder hit a three with 14:35 left to put BYU up 48-44. Winder went coast-to-coast through the defenders to make a layup, but Stanford answered back by scoring on two straight possessions.
The Cougars started off strong, scoring on their first six possessions to go up 13-4 early in the game, five of those points coming from Chase Fischer. Stanford answered back with a 6-0 run before a jumper from Tyler Haws pushed BYU’s lead to 15-10 with 14:52 left in the first half.
BYU conducted its final practice Saturday in advance of the team's matchup against American Athletic Conference Champion Memphis on Monday at Marlins Park in Miami.
The team's third full day in Miami Beach started with team and position meetings before the drive over to Florida International University in Miami for a walk-through and practice session. The modified walk-through format allowed the Cougars to get in more work than the typical session conducted the day before a game.
BYU's preparations for Monday's Miami Beach Bowl matchup with Memphis continued Friday amid a high of 79 in Miami, and the Cougars still enjoyed the "Heat" late into the evening.
Yesterday, BYU women's volleyball practiced for its match against No. 2 Texas before winning a four-set thriller to advance to the championship match. The team signed autographs for fans after the match to end the day. Today, Jennifer Hamson and Alexa Gray started the day by attending the AVCA All-American brunch. The other Cougars worked on finishing finals before everyone headed out to the arena for another 90 minute practice.
Thursday proved an eventful day in Miami Beach for the Cougars. From meetings to practice, to a little free time to the official Miami Beach Bowl welcome bash, to cheering on the BYU women's volleyball team to victory—it was a great day to be a Cougar!