Cougars play final tune-up game before conference play

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 27 2011 1:16 a.m. MST

PROVO — BYU will host Cal State San Marcos tonight in the Cougars' final tune-up before traveling to St. Mary's to open up West Coast Conference play on Thursday.

The visiting Cal State-San Marcos Cougars are 6-7 on the season, which includes losses to Westminster and UNLV. BYU enters the game with a 10-3 mark, fresh off a Saturday win over Cal-State Santa Barbara, and is led by senior forward Noah Hartsock.

The game will be televised live on BYUtv at 7 p.m.

BYU enters the game ranked 21st nationally in points per game (79.6 ppg), 41st in rebounding (38.9 rpg), No. 5 in assists per game (18.6), and 23rd in field goal shooting (.488).

Cal State-San Marcos is led by 6-foo-5 Tim Steed, who averages 17.8 points per contest.

Other top scorers for the visitors are 6-5 Jacob Ranger (14.1), 6-2 Bryan Emanuel (14) and 6-7 Aaron Chamberlain (13.2).

For BYU's coach Dave Rose, tonight's game is one more opportunity to get freshman point guard Matt Carlino playing time after missing the first 10 games of the season. Carlino has scored 50 points in three games since he became eligible Dec. 17. He averages 16.7 points and six assists per game.

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COUGARS ON THE AIR

Cal State San Marcos (6-7)

at BYU (10-3)

Today, 7 p.m.

Marriott Center

TV: BYUtv Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

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