San Diego (9-6) at Brigham Young (8-7)
01/04/2014 7:37 AM
01/04/2014 7:42 AM
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 rpg clip.
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 suffering Cougars.
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