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Tyler Haws finished with 27 points for his 17th game this season with 20 or more points.
Brandon Davies finished with his fourth-straight double-double and eighth this season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Davies is now tied for 12th in the BYU record books for career double doubles with 21.
Matt Carlino finished with 9 points, ending his 10-game double-digit scoring streak. He also added 4 assists and 4 steals. Carlino has posted at least 2 steals in 14 games and at least 4 steals in 5 games.
Tyler Haws reached double-digit points at the 8:09 mark in the first half on a 3-pointer to give BYU a 23-20 lead.
Brandon Davies reached double-digit points at the 14:18 mark in the second half to cut San Diego’s lead to 51-42.
Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws each scored 6 of BYU’s first 12 points.
Between 15:45 and 13:20 in the first half the Cougars went on a 6-0 run to take a 16-8 lead.
Between 11:53 and 9:06 in the second half BYU went on an 8-0 run to cut San Diego’s lead to 56-53. All 8 points during the run were scored by Brandon Davies.
BYU head coach Dave Rose
"Tonight they were good. There are a lot of issues for us that we need to correct but you have to give credit to San Diego for the plays, the big plays, they made to hold us back. We got into trouble at the start of the second half but tried to make a comeback. Playing from behind, you can't make the mistakes we made. It was a winnable game, there's no question about that."
"I'm proud of how Brandon played tonight – he was agressive in the second half after foul trouble in the first. Our guys got it to him and he scored for us. That's a guy who's just tyring to will his team to win."
"We just came up short tonight and a lot of it was San Diego making plays when we kept coming up short. In the first half we gave them some easy shots and in the second we did a better job of not doing that, but they even made the difficult shots. It crushed our momentum but not the spirit of our guys – we kept fghting."
"This one hurts – any loss is tough but we really can't come out like that if we want to win. We started the game well but didn't come out strong and didn't execute our game plan."
"Coach talked a lot about rebounding and making those hussle plays at halftime. We got a few in the second half but we weren't doing it in the first half so it didn't end up helping us."
"We got down by too much in the second half and guys were trying to do too much. We need to get back to our pace and I know we'll do that going forward. We'll bounce back and be ready for Saturday."