LAS VEGAS (ABC4 Sports) – The BYU basketball season may have come to an end with a big thud in the West Coast Conference quartefinals at th Orleans rena in Las Vegas.
San Diego, playing its third game in three days, dominated BYU from the start in an 80-57 victory in the WCC quarterfinals Saturday night.
“First off, congratulations to San Diego,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said. “They are a very well put together group and as a spectator, it is fun to watch. They played terrific and deserved to win.”
Isaiah Pineiro had 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Finn Sullivan had 17 points for San Diego (21-13). Isaiah Wright added 15 points for San Diego, which moves on to Monday’s semifnal game against St. Mary’s.
“We got off to a tough start on both sides,” Rose said. “The first shots we found were all 3-point shots, but we all missed. We didn’t score and we got our head down. Tonight, they were a lot better than we were. We practiced well yesterday, but it is hard to execute your game plan when you are a shooting team and you shoot the percentage we did tonight.”
“We did not get off to the start we wanted,” said foward Luke Worthington. “They were on track and it stayed that way for a long time. We’ve had our fair share of comebacks from large deficits this season, but it got to the point where it was just too much to overcome tonight. Credit to San Diego and how they played tonight.”
Just one week ago, BYU domminated the Torerros at the Marriott Center, 87-73. But Saturday was a completely differen tstory.
San Diego dominated, jumping out to a 13-0 lead and led 46-19 at the half. The Cougars’ 19 first-half points were a season low for the team.
Yoeli Childs had 14 points for the Cougars (19-13). Connor Harding added 12 points. TJ Haws had 10 points, but on 2 of 12 shooting. The Cougars shot just 31 percent from the field and made just 1 of 17 from 3-point range.
BYU now awaits to see if they will be invited to the N-I-T or CBI Tournament, missing the NCAA Tournament for a fourth straight year.