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BYU men's basketball: BYU students turn out in full force to watch what turns out to be a crushing defeat

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 2:33 p.m. MDT

St. Mary's Players celebrate a last second three point shot for the win over BYU Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in the Marriott Center. St. Mary's won 70-69 on a last second shot by Matthew Dellavedova. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) St. Mary's Players celebrate a last second three point shot for the win over BYU Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in the Marriott Center. St. Mary's won 70-69 on a last second shot by Matthew Dellavedova. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

PROVO — A group of rabid BYU students camped out in tents this week, braving frigid conditions in anticipation of Wednesday's late game between the Cougars and Saint Mary's.

As usual, the student section, also known as the "ROC" (Roar of Cougars), made its presence felt at the Marriott Center. Students were clad in white T-shirts in honor Wednesday's "whiteout."

Unfortunately for the Cougars, the student section went home disappointed as the Gaels defeated BYU, 70-69. Saint Mary's guard Matthew Dellavedova drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"When this place is full, it's as tough to play as anywhere in the country," BYU guard Tyler Haws said prior to the game. "It gets really loud. Our fans are awesome. So I definitely believe it's one of the top places to play, for sure."

BYU's Brandon Davies works against Brad Waldow as BYU and St. Mary's Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in the Marriott Center at BYU. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) BYU's Brandon Davies works against Brad Waldow as BYU and St. Mary's Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in the Marriott Center at BYU. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

"We have the greatest fans in the world. They're like that for every game. They're always supporting us," said Cougar forward Brandon Davies. "We always see them in their tents, out there freezing. We're complaining just walking to class and they're out there sleeping in it. We have nothing but love for our fans."

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