College Basketball: BYU remains unbeaten in WCC defeating SCU on the road
The Santa Clara Broncos came into Saturday’s matinee contest at the Leavey Center against the BYU Cougars looking to snap a 2-game skid, but were unable to do so thanks to some hot shooting by the visitors. BYU shot 53% in the first half, while holding the Broncos to 41% shooting. However, despite 13 points apiece from BYU guards Tyler Haws and Brock Zylstra, SCU only trailed the Cougars 41-32 at intermission.
Whatever Santa Clara Coach Kerry Keating told his squad at halftime certainly worked. SCU’s first possession and bucket of the second half came from guard Kevin Foster, who, in the first half, broke the WCC record for most threes made in a career with 364. Driving to his left, Foster scored on a floater off the glass and it would be the first of 10 points in the quarter for him, which also included two straight threes. Foster, who finished the game with a team-leading 22 points on 9-19 shooting, almost single-handedly brought the Broncos back into a tie at 50 apiece with13:37 remaining in the half.
However, following the bucket, momentum would completely switch sides. Zylstra hit the first bucket to regain the 2-point lead on the Broncos with 13:11 left. Combined with turnovers, bad transition defense, as well as a stiff BYU defense, the Cougars, layup after layup, began to separate themselves from SCU, eventually going on an 18-0 run that lasted almost 7 minutes until it was stopped by a Marc Trasolini layup. With a 3-pointer by Raymond Cowels III, SCU would cut down the lead to 13, but that was as close as the Broncos would ever get to closing the deficit that would eventually reach 21 points. Despite a strong double-double by Trasolini (17 and 14) and solid games from Foster and Cowels III, who finished with 14 points and 8 assists, it was not enough against the hot shooting of BYU who shot 53% for the game. Tyler Haws would lead the cougars in scoring with 24.
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