After the loss to USF, BYU coach Mark Pope points the finger where only he can: at himself

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PROVO — Tyrell Roberts should actually like enjoying BYU.

In final yr’s NIT quarterfinal, the Washington State guard scored 11 points in a 77-58 highway win over the Cougars. One yr and a switch later, Roberts out-did even that.

The graduate switch poured in a career-high 30 points, together with 4 3-pointers, for San Francisco as the Dons raced out to a giant lead and by no means regarded again in an 82-74 win over BYU at War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center in San Francisco.

Khalil Shabazz added 21 points and 5 rebounds for the Dons (14-9, 3-5 WCC), and Zane Meeks scored 13.

Rudi Williams scored a season-high 28 points on 10-of-12 taking pictures to lead the Cougars, who’ve now misplaced three of their final 4 video games. It’s the fifth time all season Williams has topped the 20-point plateau, coming off the bench in all however a kind of video games.

Jaxson Robinson added 11 points, 4 rebounds and two assists for the Cougars; and Gideon George had 12 points, 5 rebounds and three steals. Fousseyni Traore added 10 points and three rebounds for BYU (14-9, 4-4 WCC).

Instead of making ready for a standalone recreation with league leaders Saint Mary’s subsequent Saturday, the Cougars should now flip inward after what’s arguably the worst stretch of the season, the only four-game run with three losses and only the third time they’ve had back-to-back setbacks in 2022-23.

“Unfortunately for us, it isn’t a laser-focus week for Saint Mary’s,” stated BYU coach Mark Pope, who took all of the blame for the loss himself in his postgame interview with BYU Radio. “The wheels fell off the bus tonight, and that is disappointing.

“We took a serious step again, and that is 100% on me,” he added. “I’ve received to get my act collectively and we should always discover some solutions.”

The head coach later stated the Cougars did not win “any aspect” of the recreation and have been “brutally out-coached,” one thing that was “actually, actually regarding.”

“We’ve received good gamers and so they need to get higher and so they need to win, however we took a serious step again and that is 100% on me,” Pope stated. “I’ve received to get my act collectively and discover some solutions as a result of we should always by no means have a efficiency like that — ever, ever, ever, ever, ever.”

Yet, this one had the same theme as 48 hours beforehand at Santa Clara: 15 turnovers main to 25 points. The key distinction? BYU by no means led Saturday evening.

Much like Thursday, the Cougars received off to a torrid begin. San Francisco hit 4 3-pointers in the first six minutes, and the Dons used a 13-3 run to take a 16-5 lead with 14:44 left in the half.

USF turned 11 turnovers into 18 points in the first half, however BYU battled again and crept inside 5 on George’s layup with 5:39 to go — his first made subject objective in practically three video games.

But Roberts had 16 points, and the Dons made seven 3-pointers and went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line to assist the hosts to a 37-28 halftime benefit.

San Francisco led by as a lot as 16 in the second half, however BYU shot over 59% from the subject to lower the deficit inside single digits a number of occasions.

The Cougars simply could not get any nearer as the Dons knocked down 12 3-pointers and made 24-of-27 free throws to coast to the end, overcoming 17 turnovers that BYU became 19 points.

Ironically, the Cougars completed plus-two in turnover margin, thanks to 11 steals that helped power 17 turnovers. The 19 points off turnovers helped hold it shut, however only to date.

“We’ve received to get our hearts proper first,” Pope stated. “That’s the most disappointing half, and that comes from my management. Then we have got to get our minds proper. Then we have got to have the ability to execute.

“This lies with me. It’s not these guys; it is 100% on me.”

San Francisco guard Tyrell Roberts against Arizona State during an NCAA college basketball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Dec.  21, 2022. Roberts scored a career-high 30 points in USF's 82-74 win over BYU, Saturday, Jan.  21, 2023 on the Hilltop.
San Francisco guard Tyrell Roberts towards Arizona State throughout an NCAA faculty basketball recreation in San Francisco, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Roberts scored a career-high 30 points in USF’s 82-74 win over BYU, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 on the Hilltop. (Photo: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press)

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