After going up 14 points in the second half, BYU faltered late as they lost at home to San Francisco, 77-71.
BYU took a 63-49 lead with under eight minutes to go, but made only one field goal the rest of the way to go along with 5 turnovers from the 7:47 to the 4:12 mark as the Dons ended the game on a 28-8 run. ESPN had BYU’s win probability at 97.8% after the TJ Haws three put the Cougars up 14.
The defense wasn’t any better, as San Francisco shot 8-9 from the floor in the final eight minutes and took care of the call. Frankie Ferrari was tough to contain all night, finishing with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Yoeli Childs and TJ Haws finished 28 and 25 points, respectively, but no one else for BYU could get double figures.
With the loss, BYU goes from the driver’s seat for the second seed into a real possibility for the four seed in the WCC tournament. If Saint Mary’s and BYU finish tied (they both have four WCC losses now) the Gaels would win the tiebreaker (assuming both teams lose their final game to Gonzaga).
BYU next travels to Spokane to take on #2 Gonzaga.