Cougars defeat San Francisco in overtime to advance to WCC finals
LAS VEGAS – Kyle Collinsworth’s double-double and Tyer Haws' 24 points led the BYU men’s basketball team over San Francisco in a 79-77 overtime win on Monday to advance to the West Coast Conference championship game.
"We got some great individual performances from a lot of players," BYU men's basketball coach Dave Rose said. "This is one of those wins where you just take it as a group and be thankful for the great plays that were made by our guys and then move on."
Collinsworth finished with a double-double, 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Mika finished with a double-double of his own with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Haws' 24 points were a game high and he hit 14 of 14 from the free-throw line and grabbed four rebounds on the night.
The Cougars scored the first six points in overtime with Collinsworth’s putback and Haws’ two trips to the free-throw line for BYU’s 70-64 lead. Mika’s dish to Haws led to a layup to maintain the six-point lead with 2:39 remaining. The Dons brought it back within one after connecting on a 3-pointer, but Collinsworth responded with two free throws with 0:24 left. Following a Winder free throw, USF had possession down by two with eight seconds remaining but misfired on a three at the buzzer.
BYU opened the game with an 8-0 start with Winder and Collinsworth going coast to coast for layups in the first minute of the game. Collinsworth scored the next four points for BYU on a drive to the rim and a baseline jumper to lead San Francisco by seven with 15:24 remaining. After extending the lead by double-digits on Mika’s putback and free throws, Haws’ turnaround jumper maintained BYU’s 20-10 lead.
Following a block by Josh Sharp, Winder connected on a 3-pointer at the 8:06 mark for a 27-17 lead. Trailing 29-20, the Dons answered with an 11-0 run to take a two-point lead with under four minutes left in the half. Winder’s baseline layup tied it at 33 a piece and Collinsworth’s offensive rebound and dish to Winder for a layup gave BYU the 35-33 lead with 1:42 remaining.
San Francisco scored the final four points of the half to lead 37-35 at the break. Haws led the Cougars with 10 points, going 6 of 6 from the charity stripe, with Winder scoring nine points on 4 of 5 shooting.
Both teams went without a field goal for the first 2:20 of the second half until Haws grabbed his own miss for the putback to give BYU a 38-37 lead. After a San Francisco 3-pointer put the Dons ahead 43-40, Winder responded with his second make from beyond the arc to tie it at 43-43. Carlino’s first field goal came on a three-point play at the 12:19 mark to break a 45-all tie.
With 11:18 remaining, Carlino connected on a 3-pointer and followed it up with another three-point play from Collinsworth’s backdoor pass to extend BYU’s lead to 56-51. Collinsworth’s layup gave the Cougars a seven-point lead with 10:11 left to play.
Winder recorded a steal to lead to a Haws layup on the fastbreak and increase BYU’s lead to 64-56 at the 6:14 mark. The Dons closed the gap, going on an 8-0 run to tie it at 64-64 with 3:21 remaining. San Francisco and BYU went scoreless for the remainder of the period to send it into overtime.
BYU finished the night going a season-best 85.7 percent from the free-throw line, 24 of 28, and outrebounded the Dons 45-35.
The Cougars will advance to the WCC championship game to take on Gonzaga on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PDT. The game will be televised live on ESPN and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.