The BYU Cougars came out seeking revenge and they got just that and more at the Marriott Center on Thursday night.
BYU straight up dominated the Saint Mary's Gaels 82-60 in what looked to be the most complete game from the team this season. Four players scored in double figures for the Cougars and all four starters had at least four rebounds.
The most impressive part of the victory was the defense, which has been a weakness for the Cougars all season long. BYU blocked seven shots and forced 15 turnovers leading to a lot of easy transition points on the offensive end.
Gaels big man Brad Waldow, who dominated in the previous matchup, chipped in 17 but was largely held in check thanks to strong post defense from Corbin Kafusi, Luke Worthington and Ryan Andrus. The large power forward struggled to get position and the pesky BYU defense didn't give him any easy buckets. They BYU bigs (as well as the guards) also did much better in the rebounding department, pulling down 37 boards to SMC's 26.
BYU got big contributions from the usual suspects (Kyle Collinsworth 17,Tyler Haws 15, Chase Fischer 14) but it was the combination of Frank Bartley IV, Ryan Andrus and Josh Sharp that made their presence felt with their hustle. The trio filled up the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Sharp, who got his second start in as many games, was flying all over the court, hustling after loose balls and playing aggressive defense.
The Cougars will suit up again this Saturday against the Pacific Tigers in the Marriott Center.