BYU struggles in 82-63 loss to San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO (ABC4 Sports) – BYU’s dominance over San Francisco ended Saturday night, as the Dons snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Cougars in resounding fashion, 82-63.

Frankie Ferrari had 21 points and 7 assists to lead USF, while the Cougars got little help outside of Yoeli Childs and TJ Haws, as their 3-game winning streak came to an end.

“It was a tough night for our guys,” head coach Dave Rose said. “They were just better. It was a tough night all the way around. The most important thing now is to get home and have the guys continue to progress and believe in themselves. There is a lot of ball to play and I think this team has real potential.”

Childs had 25 points, while Haws scored 12, but no other Cougar reached double figures.

Jamaree Bouyea had 16 points, while Matt McCarthey added 14 points for the Dons, who improved to 16-3 overall.

The Cougars (12-9, 4-2 in WCC play) took a 15-13 lead midway through the first half, but the Dons responded with a 16-0 to take control.

Haws scored eight consecutive points that included two 3-point conversions to bring the score to 41-29 but a Dons’ dunk sent the Cougars into the locker room down 43-29.

After one half, BYU shot 35.5 percent from the field while San Francisco shot 65.5 percent. Haws scored in double figures with a total of 10 in the first half.

Childs scored the first five points for the Cougars in the second half, but the Dons’ offense didn’t slow down as they stayed on top by double digits. McKay Cannon drained a trey to make it a nine point game, 46-37 with 17 minutes left to play. 

Another trey by Cannon was followed by a Haws layup to cut into the score and bring it to 53-47 with 13:16 remaining.

Over the next 11 minutes San Francisco went on a 27-12 run to extend its lead to 80-59 with Childs scoring all 12 points for BYU. Gavin Baxter and Bergerson scored the final four points for the Cougars as the Dons secured their victory.

On the night, BYU shot 44.2 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from 3 and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. San Francisco recorded a 63.6 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent from the charity stripe.

The Cougars return to the Marriott Center as they host Saint Mary’s on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 9 p.m. 

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