BYU vs. San Diego postgame notes and quotes

(Photo by BYU Photo/Mark Philbrick)

Player Notes

  • Brandon Davies finished with 20 points for his 31st game in double digits this season and 13th with 20 or more.
  • Davies also contributed 8 assists for a new career high and 9 rebounds for 803 total in his career to tie him for 8th all-time at BYU.
  • Matt Carlino finished with 7 rebounds to tie his career high.
  • Carlino also finished with 13 points for his 17th game in double digits this season.
  • Tyler Haws finished with 20 points for his 30th game in double digits this season and 21st with 20 or more.
  • Brandon Davies reached double-digit points with a layup at the 6:00 mark of the first half to cut San Diego’s lead to 26-20.
  • Tyler Haws reached double-digit points with a jumper at the 13:50 mark of the second half to cut San Diego’s lead to 46-44.
  • Matt Carlino reached double-digit points with a 3-pointer at the 4:25 mark of the second half to give BYU a 58-56 lead.

Team Notes

Game Trends

  • Brandon Davies made a 3-pointer for BYU, his fourth this season and last since Dec. 21, with 15:53 left in the first half to cut San Diego’s lead to 11-9.
  • Between 4:04 and :53 in the first half, BYU went on an 8-2 run to cut San Diego’s lead to 33-28.
  • BYU took a 40-38 lead at the 16:16 mark of the second half for its first lead since going up 2-0 to start the game.
  • BYU started the second half on a 12-3 run, going up 40-38 with 16:18 to play.
  • Tyler Haws scored all seven of BYU’s points between 13:49 and 8:33 in the second half.
  • At the 8:33 mark of the second half, Tyler Haws missed a free throw after previously making 21 straight.
  • Between 8:01 and 4:42 in the second half, BYU went on a 6-0 run to take a 55-54 lead.

Head coach Dave Rose
"First off, congratulations to Coach Grier and San Diego. Best of luck to them as they advance in the tournament. As far as my team goes, I thought we competed hard and worked hard tonight. We may not have played as well but a lot of that has to do with San Diego, their size and their ability. Later on in the game, we found a rhythm but just couldn't sustain it. We got the lead a few times but couldn't quite hold on tonight. USD seemed to have an answer for everything." 

"Defensively we were way more agressive in the second half and that led to some baskets. We regained our energy and played more man defense. All of those things led to us playing better and executing on the offensive end. We'll go back and look at film but down the stretch we needed to finish. Give credit to San Diego – they were extremely aggressive tonight, challening everything we put out there."

Tyler Haws
"Anytime you take a week off you can expect a little rust. We talked all week about coming out and being ready to fight but it wasn't enough. It's disappointing." 

Craig Cusick
"Tonight was difficult being down the way we were. All the credit goes to San Diego for how they played and executed their game plan. They didn't let us back in it. They didn't make it easy for us to come back at all."