BYU Cougars basketball loses to San Francisco Dons

SAN FRANCISCO — To say that BYU coach Mark Pope was annoyed and disenchanted after Saturday’s 82-74 loss to San Francisco at War Memorial Gym could be a Golden Gate Bridge-sized understatement.

How disenchanted was Pope Saturday? Let him depend the methods.

“It’s a protracted checklist,” he stated. “I assumed our effort and power was not what we anticipated as a workforce. I assumed we have been simply supremely outcoached. I felt like our battle was missing,” he stated.

“I felt like our protection actually failed us. I felt like we’re nonetheless struggling out of the sport poorly, turning the ball over. I felt like we’re tremendous distractible. I felt like we had no presence on the offensive glass. It’s arduous to discover one thing that we did effectively tonight — teaching workers, gamers, everyone. Not a very good evening for us.”

Well, that just about covers it, in a sport that noticed the Cougars path by as many as 16 factors within the second half.

Yes, it was an unforgettable evening for BYU in its last go to to War Memorial Gym. And it was a tough weekend within the Bay Area for the Cougars, who obtained swept by Santa Clara and USF.

The Cougars tumbled to 14-9 total and 4-4 within the West Coast Conference. The Dons improved to 14-9 and 3-5.

When requested what he attributed to his workforce’s shoddy efficiency, Pope stated, “Poor teaching on my half.”

Pope spent a very long time within the locker room along with his gamers earlier than rising to speak to reporters after the setback.

What did he say to his workforce?

“I instructed them I’d do a greater job,” Pope stated. “Together, we have to study the worth of profitable, and that is not straightforward. It’s a part of the method we undergo.”

What did Jaxson Robinson, who scored 11 factors, hit three 3-pointers, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out three assists, take out of Pope’s postgame message?

“We did not present any battle; we did not present any character on the market,” he stated. “That’s why we misplaced.”

Statistically, right here have been the problems that led to the loss.

  • BYU truly outshot USF 51% to 46%, however the Dons knocked down 12 of 29 3-pointers and made 24 of 27 from the free throw line. The Cougars have been 5 of 17 from 3 and 13 of 16 from the free throw line.

“We began out with only a whole dearth of all shell rules,” Pope stated about his workforce’s 3-point protection. “The begin to the sport was stunning and tremendous disappointing. (The Dons) obtained going after which they made some robust pictures, which is what they do. They shoot the fourth-most quantity of 3s within the nation. They reside on the 3-point line, they actually unfold the ground and so they can shoot it one by 5.

“We simply could not discover a solution. We tried all types of various isolation coverages and all types of various matchups and ball display coverages and we simply could not discover a solution tonight. That’s simply tremendous, tremendous disappointing.”

  • It’s been a storyline all season — turnovers. That drawback reared its ugly head once more Saturday. BYU had 15 turnovers, together with 11 within the first half. San Francisco scored 25 factors off these turnovers.

“It’s tremendous disappointing. I have not been in a position to assist these guys discover solutions,” Pope stated concerning the turnover points. “I’m tremendous disenchanted with our lack of progress there. It’s simply disappointing.”

  • The two groups have been nearly even on the boards. The Cougars had 26 rebounds and the Dons had 27. But USF outscored BYU on second-chance factors 9-3.
  • San Francisco guards Tyrell Roberts and Khalil Shabazz torched the Cougars. Roberts, a Washington State switch, poured in a game-high 30 factors, together with 4 of 8 from 3-point vary and 14 of 16 from the free throw line. Shabazz, a infamous Cougar-killer, had 21 factors. Zane Meeks chipped in 13 and Isaiah Hawthorne added 10.

Meanwhile, BYU was led by Rudi Williams. After scoring 24 factors in Thursday’s loss at Santa Clara, he had a season-high 28 factors Saturday, with 21 of these coming within the second half.

Williams made 10 of 13 pictures from the ground.

Gideon George, who had gone 0 of 11 from the sphere in his two earlier video games, scored 12 factors on 5 of 9 taking pictures, to associate with 5 rebounds.

Fousseyni Traore notched 10 factors and Richie Saunders had 8.

But two starters, Dallin Hall and Spencer Johnson, struggled offensively. Hall went scoreless and had 5 turnovers in 11 minutes of motion, and Johnson completed with 4 factors however he did not rating his first basket till the 1:42 mark of the second half.

USF took management of the sport within the opening minutes with a 10-0 run after pulling down some early 3-pointers. The Dons had 4 of them within the first 5 minutes and grabbed an 18-7 lead.

Turnovers, as soon as once more, plagued BYU within the first half. USF scored 18 factors off 11 Cougar turnovers and hit seven 3-pointers within the first half to go up 37-28 at halftime.

BYU spent your entire second half attempting to dig its method out of that gap. The Cougars trimmed the deficit to six factors at 42-36, however Roberts, Shabazz and Meeks stored hitting huge pictures to preserve BYU at bay.

“Defensively, we weren’t there, we weren’t current and so they hit a variety of 3s,” Robinson stated. “And they obtained to the free throw line lots. We did not execute.”

Did Thursday’s loss at Santa Clara have a lingering impact on Saturday’s effort?

“Not actually,” stated Robinson. “We’ve simply obtained to transfer on. Next-game mentality. We got here into this sport feeling recent and we did not win.”

And, because the Pope stated a number of instances, the end result was one other disappointing loss.

BYU hosts Saint Mary’s Saturday.

TIP-INS: Robinson has made a 3-pointer in 11 straight video games … Traore reached double figures for the sixteenth time this season … BYU is now 6-2 in Saturday video games this season.

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