PROVO — BYU rallied from seven points down in the final minute of regulation and from four points down in overtime as the Cougars beat San Francisco 75-73 Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center.
Turning point I: The Cougars trailed 61-54 going into the final minute of play when Haws hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game.
After two free throws by USF guard Souley Boum made it 63-57, Yoeli Childs scored a jumper with 21 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Elijah Bryant came up with a steal in backcourt and Jahshire Hardnett scored an and-one to make it 63-62 with 11 seconds left.
Following a layup from Boum, the Cougars' Bryant hit a 3-pointer with four seconds in regulation to force overtime.
Turning point II: USF's Boum was called with a reach-in foul with 4.3 seconds left in overtime. BYU's TJ Haws stepped to the line and hit both free throws to give the Cougars a 75-73 lead. The Dons' Frankie Ferrari couldn't hit a 3-pointer to win it for San Francisco.
The hero: Haws scored the Cougars' last eight points of the game, including a pair of jumpers and four free throws in overtime. He finished with a game-high 26 points, including three 3-pointers, and added seven assists and four rebounds.
Despite coming out on the losing end, Boum had 21 points to lead the Dons (14-13, 6-8 West Coast Conference), including San Francisco's last 13 points of regulation. He added six rebounds and two assists.
- BYU went 8:46 without a field goal in the second half, until Haws hit a 3-pointer to make it 61-57 with 44 seconds to play. The Cougars, though, hit four field goals in the final minute of regulation to force overtime.
- USF turned 11 BYU first-half turnovers into 19 points, as the Dons held a 27-26 lead at the break. The Cougars had a season-high 19 turnovers, compared to 16 for San Francisco, and the Dons had a 28-21 edge in points off turnovers.
- BYU didn't attempt its first free throw until 14:56 remained in the second half, but the Cougars made more free throws, hitting 18 of 23, while the Dons made 11 of 18.
At Pepperdine (4-22, 1-13), Thursday, 8 p.m. MST (BYUtv)
At San Diego (16-10, 7-7), Feb. 17, 2 p.m. (BYUtv/AT&T SportsNet RM)
At Portland (10-17, 4-10), Feb. 22, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)