After a close call in San Diego on Thursday, the BYU Cougars were looking to come out and prove to everyone that the game they played wasn't Cougar basketball. In front of a sold out crowd the Cougars made a statement and gave their fans a show enroute to a 91-33 victory over the San Diego Toreros.
BYU controlled the entire 40 minutes of the game, starting the game on a 10-0 run and holding the Toreros to only 11 points in the first half. The Cougars scored 39 at the half by shooting just under 50% from the field. Coming out in the second half, the stifling defense would not let up and the lead continued to extend into the final minutes. Every player on the Cougars roster got a share of the minutes tonight and every player scored except for Braiden Shaw. Even walk-on Davin Guinn got in on the action with 9 points on 3/3 shooting from the field.
Zac Seljaas had a nice game with 13 points on 5/7 shooting. Nick Emery has continued his excellent play with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Obvious tonight was the defensive effort and even more impressive was that it never let up, which led to steals and run outs against a team that does not like to run.
Fans can look forward to two more games with a friendly crowd next week against Portland and Gonzaga before heading to Vegas to fight for an automatic bid to March Madness. We've seen Coach Rose's teams make late season runs before. We count them out after bad losses to the Pacifics and Portlands of the world, but then they start to play their best basketball right at the tail end of February. Tonight they dominated a conference foe more than they have ever dominated one in the history of the program, but they will need to keep it up for two more weeks if they want to finish the season in the tournament.