SAN FRANCISCO — From the outset Thursday night against San Francisco, it was clear that BYU's Matt Carlino was ready to break out of his personal slump.

The freshman guard scored a career-high 30 points, including 22 in the first half, as the Cougars edged the Dons, 85-84, at War Memorial Gym.

The victory aside, Carlino's ability to drain from long distance was a very encouraging sign for BYU.

Carlino had made just 4-of-34 3-pointers in his previous seven games.

"I was due," Carlino said. "They owed me some."

Who owed him?

"The basketball gods," Carlino replied with a smile.

"He came out and shot the ball really well," senior forward Noah Hartsock said of Carlino. "That's what he can bring to this team. He's also a great passer and ball-handler. He showed that tonight. … When he started going, we wanted him to keep going until they stopped him."

Carlino capped the night by driving to the hoop and making the game-winner with 18.9 seconds left.

"Matt made a great shot and sealed the deal," Hartsock said.

Going into the game, coach Dave Rose and his staff challenged the guards to play aggressively.

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"Coaches told us to attack their defense," Carlino said. "That's what we did."

FIRST TIME: BYU won at War Memorial Gym for the first time in four tries. Prior to Thursday's win, the most recent setbacks came in 2000 and 2002.

NOTES: BYU shot 53 percent for the game, including 7-of-17 from 3-point territory. … The Cougars hit eight of their first nine shots, including eight in a row. … Forward Nate Austin fouled out with six minutes remaining in the game after scoring six points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. … Hartsock left the game in the second half with cramps, but returned for the final minutes.