BYU men's basketball: Matt Carlino shines again for Cougars in win

Published: Saturday, Jan. 5 2013 10:30 p.m. MST

San Francisco's Cody Doolin (45) scores in front of BYU's Josh Sharp in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Lance Iversen)

Lance Iversen, AP

SAN FRANCISCO — Apparently, BYU's Matt Carlino likes War Memorial Gymnasium.

"Kind of," Carlino said wryly after the Cougars' 80-76 victory over San Francisco on Saturday night.

The sophomore guard, who poured in a career-high 30 points last year in a one-point victory in this arena over the Dons, scored a season-high 22 points for the Cougars.

Carlino had scored his previous season-high, 21, in BYU's 92-51 blowout of Loyola Marymount in Provo on Thursday.

Not only did Carlino give the Cougars their first lead of the second half, 70-69, he also sank a pair of free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining to clinch the BYU victory.

"Matt was huge," said Cougar guard Tyler Haws, who also scored 22 points. "He made some big steals for us that he turned into easy layups."

Carlino hit 8-of-15 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers, and recorded seven rebounds, four assists and five steals.

"I just do whatever I can to help the team win," Carlino said.

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