SAN FRANCISCO – Five players scored in double figures to lead the BYU men’s basketball team to its first conference road win in an 83-76 victory against San Francisco on Thursday in War Memorial Gymnasium.
"That second half is a good way for us to play," BYU basketball coach Dave Rose said. "We guarded well, I thought we executed well in the half court, we shot free throws well and we rebounded the ball very well."
The Cougars (12-7, 4-2 WCC) and Dons (11-8, 4-3 WCC) traded baskets early with Haws scoring the first BYU points on a 3-pointer less than a minute into the game. After being tied 9-9, USF grabbed a 17-13 lead with under 11 minutes left to play in the first half. Josh Sharp recorded a block at the 12:45 mark and Collinsworth answered back with a two-hand dunk to cut the deficit to two. With 9:33 remaining, Carlino hit a 3-pointer to give BYU the 18-17 lead followed by a Sharp bucket for the three-point lead with just over nine minutes left.
Carlino continued his spark off the bench with an assist to Haws for the layup and another 3-pointer to put BYU up 25-23 with 7:13 remaining in the first half. Carlino and Haws made jumpers to regain a three-point lead, but the Dons took back a 33-31 lead with under two minutes to play. Halford made his first field goal from beyond the arc to give back BYU a one-point lead until USF ended the half on a 4-0 run to lead 37-34 at the half.
A 5-2 start in the second half that included a Mika layup and a baseline jumper by Collinsworth tied it at 39 a piece. USF retook a three-point lead, but Carlino responded back with another 3-pointer to tie it at 46, which was followed by Mika in the post for the 48-46 lead. With 13:14 remaining, Carlino’s steal and assist to Haws led to a slam and a free throw for a three-point play for a 51-47 BYU lead.
Halford later drained three free throws after getting fouled on a three, Collinsworth completed a three-point play to extend the Cougars’ lead to 59-52. Another jumper from Halford gave BYU a nine-point lead with 6:02 left in the game. Despite cutting BYU’s lead to five, the Dons never came back from BYU’s second-half run.
The Cougars shot 55 percent in the second half, while keeping the Dons to a 42.9 shooting percentage to win their fourth game in a row.
BYU will stay on the road to take on Santa Clara on Saturday at 7 p.m. PST. The game will be televised on Root Sports and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.