MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Alex Barcello scored 14 points and BYU held Saint Mary’s scoreless for almost 10 minutes down the stretch in the second half to win 62-52 on Thursday night.
The Cougars were losing 50-43 after Tommy Kuhse made a pair of free throw with 10:36 to go. Gideon George scored four points, followed by Trevin Knell scoring four and Brandon Averette scoring four for the Cougars. Caleb Lohner made a pair of free throws before Averette capped the 16-0 run with less than a minute to play.
Logan Johnson’s layup with 45 seconds left ended a 9-minute, 51-second scoring draught and an 11:20 stretch without a field goal. The Gaels missed 10 straight shots.
BYU (10-3, 1-1 West Coast Conference) last won at Saint Mary’s in 2014, going 1 of 8 from 3-point range. The Cougars ended the skid despite going 1 of 10 behind the arc.
Kuhse and Quinn Clinton scored 12 points each for Saint Mary’s (9-4, 0-2), which is home against top-ranked Gonzaga on Saturday night.
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