The Cougars' defense ruled the day as BYU got its biggest road win of the season, defeating Saint Mary's 60-57 Saturday night. Tyler Haws led the Cougars in scoring with 18 points in 40 minutes of play, while Kyle Collinsworth chipped in 14 points after coming back from a potentially serious fall.
Even though Saint Mary's defense keyed on Haws all night, he still managed to shoot better than 50 percent from the field to go along with four assists and three steals. Haws forced some shots but stepped up when it counted and made some big shots down the stretch. Skyler Halford started the game, but didn't make a shot from the field. Halford was clutch from the free-throw line however, making a pair with just over three seconds left to give BYU a three-point lead. Collinsworth shot 7-of-14 from the floor and tallied six rebounds before fouling out with two minutes left to play. The guards didn't have their best game of the season offensively, but did just enough for the Cougars to come away with the win.
Nate Austin didn't look to score but continued to be a beast on the glass for BYU, leading the way with 11 boards. Erik Mika got in early foul trouble and was on the bench within minutes of the opening tap. Mika was overmatched by Brad Waldow all night and finished with five points and no rebounds.
Matt Carlino struggled from the field and from the free-throw line but handed out four assists. Luke Worthington was an effective post presence on the defensive end and proved invaluable in the absence of Mika, grabbing four rebounds and helping stifle Waldon in the second half. Anson Winder led the bench scorers with seven points and was active in the Cougars' zone that limited the Gaels to 4-of-19 from 3-point range. Josh Sharp played 10 minutes and made both his shot attempts to finish with four points.
Dave Rose replaced Halford with Winder to start the second half, and it made a huge difference on defense. He also made some key offense for defense substitutions that helped the Cougars down the stretch. Making the move to stay in the zone was the biggest of the night as BYU held Saint Marys to just 22 second-half points.
Even though the bigs got in early foul trouble and BYU trailed by as many as 14 points, they did just enough to escape with a huge victory.