SAN DIEGO — BYU made just three 3-pointers and was whistled for 25 personal fouls at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
That pretty much sums up the Cougars’ 75-62 setback to San Diego Saturday afternoon.
“That’s a hard number to win with,” coach Dave Rose said, referring to his team’s 3-of-22 shooting performance from 3-point range.
It was clear from the outset that this wasn’t going to end well for BYU. The Cougars found themselves down 11 points midway through the first half.
“We started the game very poorly. In February, it’s hard to overcome that kind of stuff,” said guard TJ Haws, who scored 14 points and had five assists. “They’re a good team and they knocked down big shots. We let them get going at the beginning. They’re a good team. It’s hard to stop that.”
“We missed some open shots early. It hurt us on the defensive end because we were a bit slow,” Rose said. “We needed to get some energy from some makes. We were having a hard time doing that.”
The Cougars connected on just one of their first 14 3-point shots.
“We just couldn’t really get into our groove,” said guard Zac Seljaas. “When shots aren’t falling, it’s a downer to your mentality. You want to have that confidence, but we didn’t really have that tonight.”
BYU dropped to 21-8 overall and 10-6 in West Coast Conference play while San Diego improved to 17-11 and 8-8.
Meanwhile, the referees were calling a flurry of fouls early on. BYU forward Yoeli Childs picked up his third personal with 7:26 remaining in the first half and he ended up fouling out with four minutes left in the game while Jahshire Hardnett also fouled out.
Childs scored eight points in 22 minutes, halting his streak of 26 games of scoring in double figures.
At halftime, four other Cougars had …read more
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