BYU basketball: Road-weary Cougars return home for test vs. Santa Clara

Published: Saturday, Feb. 2 2013 12:35 a.m. MST

However, Winder fouled Pepperdine's Jordan Baker on a 3-point attempt with 1.3 seconds remaining. Baker made the first two free throws to cut BYU's lead to 63-61. After Baker missed the third attempt on purpose, Wave forward Moriba De Freitas nearly tipped the ball in. Had De Freitas been successful, it would have tied the game and sent it into overtime.

"We wanted them to contest that (3-point) shot," Rose explained. "We had been on our guys all night long to contest those 3's. In that situation, the foul is the one thing that gave them a chance. We'll look at … Anson played so hard and so well and he gave us such a huge lift. Those are things we'll try to correct a little bit."

Senior forward Brandon Davies had one of his best games of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds — marking his second straight double-double.

Davies received eight stitches Wednesday after getting caught by an inadvertent elbow by teammate Ian Harward during practice. He sported a blue headband Thursday to cover up the bandage above his right eye.

"Brandon kind of carried us offensively in both halves," Rose said. "He kept us in the game, and the rest of the guys came through."

Santa Clara (17-6, 5-3) at BYU (17-6, 7-2)

Marriott Center

7 p.m. MST


Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

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