BYU pulls away from San Francisco in the second half, 72-63

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Richard Harward adds 13 points off the bench at Cougars improve to 11-3

SAN FRANCISCO (ABC4 Sports) – The BYU men’s basketball team dominated the second half to pull away from San Francisco Saturday night, 72-63.

Alex Barcello scored 19 points, while Richard Harward added 13, as the Cougars improve to 11-3 on the season, 2-1 in the West Coast Conference.

“I’m telling you, if we could put more weekends like this together, where these guys are just this tough, and their resolve is this sure, and they’re able to manage frustration in such a focused way, it bodes well for the possibilities of this team,” said BYU head coach Mark Pope. “Because we will keep getting better, if we can always rely on this toughness, we can get something done. I could not be more proud to be associated with this basketball team right now with what these guys did this weekend.”

It was a fantastic performance from the BYU bench, with Harward and Gideon George leading the way. Harward had his second double-double of the season with 13 point and 11 rebounds, while George ended up with 10 points. Matt Haarms was the fourth Cougar to score in double figures, finishing with 11.

BYU outscored USF (9-7, 3-3) in the paint with a 40-18. All of Harward’s points came in the paint and a majority of George’s. Matt Haarms added nine points down low. He also had seven rebounds and two blocks.

The Cougars outrebounded the Dons 45-28. Harward led the way. Along with Haarms, Caleb Lohner also had seven rebounds.

At halftime, BYU trailed 27-26, with seven first-half turnovers quelling the Cougars’ momentum. Midway through the second half, the Cougars went on a 22-4 run that would eventually put them up for good. BYU had a similar stretch on the road at St. Mary’s two night’s earlier to help secure that WCC road win.

While the Dons outshot the Cougars from three in the first half, San Francisco went cold for the remainder of the game, until Shabaz shot four  triples in a row in the final minutes, that were ultimately too little too late. 

Barcello ended up leading the Cougars in scoring with 19 points. Ten of his points came in the final 1:48, all from the free-throw line, going 10-for-10 to ice the game away.

“I’m really proud of these guys and how we fought back in both games and came out with the road sweep,” Barcello said. “It really speaks to our toughness, how to battle through and continue to get stops, put stops together. We say three continuous stops is a kill, and we had a lot of those tonight, and I was extremely proud of our guys.”

The Cougars will return home for more conference play against Portland on Thursday. Tip-off time is still to be announced. 

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