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BYU basketball: Saint Mary's defeats BYU in rematch, 64-57 (+video)

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 1:27 a.m. MDT

Saint Mary's Gaels guard Stephen Holt (14) tangles it up with BYU Cougars' guards Craig Cusick, top,  and Cory Calvert in the first half of the NCAA basketball game at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.    (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times,Susan Tripp Pollard ) (SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD, AP) Saint Mary's Gaels guard Stephen Holt (14) tangles it up with BYU Cougars' guards Craig Cusick, top, and Cory Calvert in the first half of the NCAA basketball game at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times,Susan Tripp Pollard ) (SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD, AP)

MORAGA, Calif. — Despite an impressive performance by BYU's Brandon Davies, the Cougars fell to Saint Mary's, 64-57, Thursday night before a sellout crowd at McKeon Pavilion.

Davies scored a game-high 25 points, but it wasn't enough to knock off the Gaels, who were led by guard Matthew Dellavedova's 20 points.

BYU was coming off a dramatic, last-second victory over Utah State at home Tuesday, and the Cougars carried over that momentum with a strong first-half effort against the Gaels to lead by four points at the intermission.

But the foul-prone Cougars couldn't overcome Saint Mary's in the second half.

Dellavedova, who drained the game-winning shot at the buzzer last month in Provo, struck again Thursday. He knocked down a big 3-pointer from the corner with 6:40 left in the game that propelled the Gaels to a 52-46 lead. Later, with 2:20 remaining, he hit a floater in the lane that put Saint Mary's up by four, 59-55.

BYU trailed 59-57 with 1:20 left when guard Matt Carlino missed a pair of free throws. Dellavedova made 1 of 2 two free throws to make it 60-57. The Cougars' next two possessions ended with a turnover and a missed shot by Tyler Haws.

Saint Mary's improves to 23-5 overall and 12-2 in the West Coast Conference. BYU drops to 20-9 and 9-5.

The Gaels swept the season series over the Cougars for the second year in a row. BYU is now 0-4 against the Gaels since joining the WCC.

The last time the Cougars defeated the Gaels was a 74-73 victory in the South Padre Invitational in November 2010.

With the win, Saint Mary's clinched at least the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WCC tournament in Las Vegas.

Things got chippy early on. The game was less than one minute old when Brock Zylstra administered a hard foul on St. Mary's Mitchell Young under the basket, preventing a layup. Young reacted by bumping into Zylstra, drawing a technical foul.

After Haws hit both technical free throws, Craig Cusick buried a 3-pointer to put the Cougars ahead, 7-3. Later, after Davies scored back-to-back buckets, BYU led 13-6.

The Gaels responded by scoring seven straight points to tie the game at 13-apiece. Carlino's alley-oop pass to Davies for a dunk lifted the Cougars to a 19-18 advantage midway through the half.

During one stretch, Saint Mary's went seven minutes without a field goal. But BYU suffered its own scoring droughts as well.

The two teams traded leads before BYU reserve Raul Delgado drilled a 3-pointer with a little more than three minutes left in the first half to put BYU up, 28-25. Nate Austin and Davies scored the final two buckets of the half, and the Cougars led at intermission, 32-28. At halftime, Davies had a game-high 12 points.

Davies picked up where he left off to start the second half, scoring a basket that saw the Cougars take a six-point lead, their biggest of the game, 34-28.

But the Gaels went on a 7-0 run to re-take the lead. Saint Mary's took the lead for good midway through the half.

Zylstra cut the deficit to one, 54-53, when he connected on a 3-pointer with five minutes remaining. The Gaels' Beau Levesque answered with a 3-pointer to give Saint Mary's a 57-53 edge.

BYU's next game is next Thursday, when the Cougars host No. 3 Gonzaga.

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