PROVO, Utah – Junior Matt Carlino made a career-high eight 3-pointers to lead the BYU men’s basketball team past Portland in an 89-72 home victory on Saturday.
"This is a really big win for our guys and a good weekend," BYU basketball coach Dave Rose said. "I'm really happy and really pleased for our players. I think our players have had a really challenging last couple of weeks and the way they have responded to some tough situations and challenges is rewarding as a coach to watch them get together and get some big wins behind them. We'll take this momentum and hopefully it will help us in San Diego."
Carlino tied a career-high 30 points, hit 8 of 13 from beyond the arc and added three rebounds and four steals on the night. His eight 3-pointers are tied for second in BYU history with Mike Rose.
Haws gave BYU its first points on a jumper and connected on a 3-pointer that tied it at 5-5 and ignited a 10-2 run that gave BYU a 12-7 lead. During the run, Winder drove to the basket twice with Luke Worthington converting a three-point play in his first start of the season. After a Portland basket, Haws scored four-straight points, Eric Mika had a putback dunk and Haws made another jumper to end an 8-0 run that put BYU ahead 20-9.
With 9:02 remaining in the half, Collinsworth grabbed his sixth rebound to go coast to coast for a layup and a 24-13 lead. Carlino went on a 9-0 run in 1:28 after draining three from beyond the arc to extend the lead to 33-16 at the 6:59 mark. With less than a minute left, Frank Bartley IV grabbed the steal to assist Carlino on his fourth 3-pointer of the game and send it into halftime up 46-33.
Haws led all players with 13 points at the half, while Carlino added 12 points of his own. Winder finished with 10 points and Collinsworth grabbed seven rebounds to go along with two points at the break.
Haws put up the first Cougar points to open the second half to maintain their 13-point lead. The two sides exchanged baskets for the next four minutes before the Cougars went on a 15-3 run that included three more 3-pointers by Carlino and a dunk on a fastbreak to push the lead to a game-high lead of 25 at 73-48.
Carlino’s steal and layup made it a 24-point game with less than 10 minutes remaining. At the 4:53 mark, Haws’ fifth feed went to Mika for the two-hand flush and the 82-64 lead. Carlino made his eighth 3-pointer with 3:30 remaining and followed it up with a layup on the next possession.
BYU (20-10, 11-5 WCC) forced the Pilots (15-13, 7-9 WCC) to 13 turnovers that led to 18 BYU points and dominated in the paint 38-18. With the win over Portland, the Cougars are undefeated at home in conference at 9-0 and 14-1 overall. BYU has won its last 11 home games this season.
BYU will hit the road for its last conference game against San Diego on Saturday at 1 p.m. PST. The game will be televised live on ROOT Sports and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.