San Diego (9-6) at Brigham Young (8-7)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 4, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Marriott Center (20,900) -- Provo, Utah. Television:
BYUtv. Home Record: San Diego 5-2, BYU 5-1. Away Record: San Diego 2-3, BYU
1-4. Neutral Record: San Diego 2-1, BYU 2-2. Conference Record: San Diego 0-2,
BYU 0-2. Series Record: BYU leads, 6-2.
GAME NOTES: The BYU Cougars look to pull themselves out of a four-game
tailspin as they host the San Diego Toreros in West Coast Conference action
Saturday in Provo.
San Diego is experiencing a backslide as well, as the Toreros have lost two
straight - both in West Coast Conference play. San Diego brings a 9-6 overall
record into Utah to face the Cougars after falling to Loyola Marymount, 65-62.
BYU dropped its contest with Loyola Marymount two days before San Diego's
matchup with the same program, then fell to Pepperdine Monday, 80-74, for the
Cougars' second consecutive conference loss.
BYU enters this contest with a 6-2 all-time series advantage, although San
Diego has won the last two meetings with the Cougars.
San Diego had a chance to tie the game up with Loyola Marymount on a 3-pointer
with seven seconds remaining, but the Toreros' attempt fell just short, giving
Loyola the win. Johnny Dee led all scorers in the game with 28 points for San
Diego, contributing four steals but also notching six turnovers. He was one of
only two scorers in double figures for the Toreros, as Duda Sandadze added 18
points and nine rebounds in the losing effort. The Toreros didn't shoot
poorly, going 46.2 percent from the floor in the contest, but allowed Loyola
to have four players record points in the double digits.
Dee leads the team in scoring with an 18.9 ppg average, while Sandadze is
behind him at 12.6 ppg. Dee sports an impressive 90.9 percent line from the
charity stripe, and is second on the team this season with 19 steals. Dennis
Kramer is third on the team in scoring with an 11.2 ppg average, and leads the
Toreros with 7.3 rpg. Christopher Anderson is far and away the team's leader
in assists, dishing out 99 total this season.
BYU attempted a second-half comeback against Pepperdine Monday, but fell just
short as the team lost its fourth straight game. The team was 8-3 on the young
season before going on the losing skid. Tyler Haws led the Cougars with 20
points in the losing effort on 7-of-18 shooting, and added six rebounds to his
stat line. Kyle Collinsworth netted 11 points and hauled in a team-high 13
rebounds for the double-double. Skyler Halford scored 11 and Eric Mika added
10 for BYU.
Haws is by far the team's leading scorer this season, averaging a strong 22
ppg on 45.1 percent shooting this season. He also averages 5.1 rpg and has 12
steals for the Cougars in 13 games. Matt Carlino is second on the team in
scoring with a 15.1 ppg average and leads the team with 28 steals.
Collinsworth averages 13.1 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with an 8.3
Both teams have struggled recently after hot starts to the season. It's fair
to say they're evenly matched, but playing at home will be a boost for the
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: BYU 71, San Diego 67
01/04 10:32:05 ET
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