The BYU Cougars used a terrific shooting performance to dismantle the San Francisco Dons 99-68 on the road on Saturday night. The Cougars had it working from the 3-point line from the get go and had the deep ball rolling all night. They made 33 of 55 from the floor (60 percent), including an impressive 15 of 28 from beyond the arc (53.6 percent), to come away with the easy win.
Tyler Haws led the scoring barrage for BYU with 22 points while Chase Fischer chipped in with 20 and Anson Winder finished with 17. Kyle Collinsworth also had a big night with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double of the season.
The Cougars went with a 4-guard lineup to start the game and it paid off as BYU got out to a huge lead and never looked back. All four shot the ball very well and also did a nice job at controlling the ball with just four combined turnovers. Haws made 8 of 12 shots from the floor, including 3 of 4 from distance to go along with seven rebounds while Fischer hit on 7 of 12 field goal attempts, including 6 of 9 from deep. Winder also produced from the outside with three 3-point makes to go along with four assists and three rebounds. Collinsworth made 5 of 7 shots from the floor and owned the defensive glass with all 12 of his rebounds coming on that side of the floor.
While his stat line read all zeros, Luke Worthington did an admirable job on the defensive end in limited action. Collinsworth and Haws played down when the Cougars were in a zone defense and did a nice job keeping the bigger Dons off the offensive boards for most of the night.
The entire bench saw plenty off action as the Cougars had a 57-29 halftime lead and cruised home with the win. The most impressive of the group was Jake Toolson who found his stroke early and registered 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. BYU got contributions out of Dalton Nixon and Corbin Kaufusi as well. Nixon did a nice job moving the ball and finished with four assists to go along with four points and a rebound. Kaufusi was at his best on the offensive glass where he got the Cougars three extra possessions. He added five points, including a baseline jam on his only field goal attempt. Isaac Neilson chipped in with four points and a pair of rebounds. Where the bench struggled some was at the free-throw line where the players combined to shoot 9 of 14.
The 4-guard lineup worked like a charm as the Cougars did whatever they wanted on the offensive end. Dave Rose mixed up the defense on occasion to keep San Francisco off-balance offensively for much of the first half.
If there was a concern, it was that the BYU starters stayed on the floor long after the game had been sewn up and had become a little chippy. While nothing happened, the last thing that anyone wants to see is an injury in a game that has long since been decided.
After a dominating performance over Santa Clara on New Year’s Day, the Cougars showed that the road success wasn’t a fluke. They knocked down open shots, did a nice job on the glass, found the open man for clean looks and controlled the game from the opening minutes. While it would be nice to see the Cougars establish a post presence, there was little that they did wrong against San Francisco.
Up next for the Cougars is a visit from the Pepperdine Waves on Thursday night.