SAN FRANCISCO — BYU dominated the final minutes and opened up its road play in conference action with a 69-59 victory over San Francisco on Thursday night.
The turning point: BYU trailed 55-53 with 7:46 to play, but the Cougars went on a 12-1 run to take a 65-56 lead with 3:06 remaining while holding USF without a field goal for five minutes.
- BYU made 18 of 25 free throws, while the Dons made only 3 of 8.
- The Cougars outscored San Francisco 36-26 in points in the paint.
- BYU led for 36:38, while USF only held the lead for 58 seconds.
The hero: Elijah Bryant had 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and seven rebounds to lead the Cougars.
Next up: at Pacific (6-10, 1-2), Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. MST
On deck: vs. Pepperdine (3-12, 0-3), Thursday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. MST