Spenser Heaps,
FILE: Brigham Young Cougars guard Elijah Bryant (3) gets hyped up during the game against the Utah Utes at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

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.

3 keys:

  • 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.
BYU almanac: 13-3 (2-1 West Coast Conference), won 1

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