BYU (13-4) at Santa Clara (12-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leavey Center (4,700) -- Santa Clara, California. Television: TWC, ROOT-NW. Home Record: BYU 9-0, Santa Clara 9-3. Away Record: BYU 2-2, Santa Clara 3-2. Neutral Record: BYU 2-2, Santa Clara 0-0. Conference Record: BYU 3-0, Santa Clara 1-2. Series Record: BYU leads, 17-5.
GAME NOTES: Losers of two straight and three of their last four, the Santa Clara Broncos try to get back on track on Saturday as they challenge the BYU Cougars to a West Coast Conference showdown at the Leavey Center.
On Thursday night, the Broncos were on the road for just the fifth time this season and suffered an 84-80 setback versus Loyola Marymount. The defeat pushed the team to 1-2 in conference play, which means it enters the weekend tied with both Pepperdine and LMU for fifth place in the league standings.
Meanwhile, the Cougars are partly responsible for sending the Waves to a second loss in three WCC outings due to a lopsided 76-51 final two nights ago at the Marriott Center in Provo. BYU has won five in a row and eight of the last nine overall, not to mention staying undefeated at home through nine games this season.
BYU owns a 17-5 lead in the all-time series with Santa Clara.
Tyler Haws scored a game-high 24 points as the BYU Cougars posted the 25-point win over the visiting Pepperdine Waves on Thursday night. Also scoring in double figures for the Cougars were Brandon Davies and Matt Carlino with 19 and 13 points, respectively, the former also pulling down a game-high nine rebounds. In addition to scoring 23 points off 16 Pepperdine turnovers, the Cougars kept good care of the ball with just six miscues of their own. Haws has been huge for the Cougars this season, leading the team in scoring (21.1 ppg) as he shoots not only 41.9 percent behind the 3-point line, but also a staggering 92.2 percent at the charity stripe which ranks him right up there with the best in the nation. Because of the development of Hawes, a guy like Davies (18.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg) doesn't have to carry the entire load for the Cougars, although he is still the enforcer in the paint with 24 of the unit's 51 blocked shots.
Raymond Cowels III registered a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds two nights ago for the Broncos, but his efforts failed to get the team into the win column as they took the four-point road loss at LMU. Hitting on 4-of-5 shots behind the 3-point line, Evan Roquemore finished with 21 points, while Brandon Clark and Kevin Foster responded with 17 and 11 points, respectively, the latter also handing out seven assists for a team that suffered an unsightly 20 turnovers on the night. Foster, now shooting just 39.4 percent from the floor, is pouring in 19.2 ppg as he makes good on slightly better than a trio of 3-pointers per contest on the average. Marc Trasolini checks in with 15.4 ppg and 7.6 rpg, while Roquemore accounts for 14.1 ppg and better than six assists per game for a program that hands out almost 17 dishes per outing in order to generate 78.2 ppg.
A little rough around the edges when it comes to playing on the road these days, the Cougars still have one of the most explosive scorers in the conference in Haws, and with Davies on the inside BYU is a formidable team for sure.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: BYU 77, Santa Clara 71
01/12 10:43:29 ET