Although the Cougars struggled at points, junior transfer Gideon George kept BYU in the game during the first half, then junior Richard Harward all but handed BYU the road win. The Cougars ended the week with their second consecutive win, this time beating San Francisco 72-63 on the road on Saturday.
1. Once again, the Cougars struggled from beyond the arc but found other ways to score: BYU scored 40 points in the paint and got 33 points off the bench. The Cougars finished the night having shot 44.8% from the field and 27.8% from the 3-point line.
2. San Francisco’s Khalil Shabazz tried his best to prevent the BYU win, but failed: The junior made four 3-point shots in the last minute of the game to make it closer. Shabazz led the Dons with 30 points — 24 of those points came off 3-pointers.
3. BYU opened West Coast Conference play with three road games against top conference foes: Although the Cougars fell to top-ranked Gonzaga, they wrapped up their Bay Area trip with consecutive comeback wins.