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BYU vs San Francisco Recap: Zac Seljaas ignites Cougars past the Dons

Two of the top WCC teams met in Provo and provided the fans with fireworks.

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In a match-up of two West Coast Conference offensive powerhouses, the BYU Cougars flexed their muscles over the San Francisco Dons behind a couple of freshman and a red hot Chase Fischer. The Cougars had five players score in double digits, and three with at least 20 in the 102-92 win. Zac Seljaas came off the bench early and continued his torrid start from behind the arc as he scored 18 of his 20 points from behind the three point line, hitting six of his ten attempts.

Fischer led all scorers with 25 as he hit five three pointers of his own. Freshman Nick Emery scored 21 while adding four assists. The other Cougars in double digits were Kyle Davis with 14 and Kyle Collinsworth with 13. Collinsworth also added seven assists to lead both teams.

The game started with a Cougar bucket but then the Dons took control on a 9-3 run. The teams would play close for the rest of the half but BYU would slowly crawl back and take the lead. Late in the half the Cougars and Dons were tied at 42 when BYU went on their own 9-3 run to finish the half, and take a 51-45 lead into the locker room.

BYU jumped out to an early double digit lead in the second half as they scored the first four points of the half. By the time the game reached the first media timeout the Cougars had built their lead to 12 and were clicking on all cylinders.

The Cougars would maintain a double digit lead for most of the half but the Dons would pull within six on a number of occasions However, the Cougars would always respond, usually with a three. BYU tied a Marriott Center record of 15 three pointers against a Division I opponent. The big difference in the game turned out to be turnovers as the Cougars only turned the ball over eight times but the Dons turned it over 14 times, leading to 12 points.

With the win the Cougars improve to 12-5 on the year and 3-1 in the conference. San Francisco drops to 9-7 and 3-3 in conference. BYU next plays on Thursday as they face off against Gonzaga in Spokane at 7 pm MST. The game will be televised on ESPN2.