Coming off a convincing victory against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Thursday night, the BYU Cougars (20-10, 12-5) smacked the Portland Pilots at Marriott Center, defeating head coach Eric Reveno’s squad by a score of 89 to 72.
Matt Carlino was the big headline for the Cougars tonight, scoring 30 points off 11 of 16 shooting. The junior point guard was on fire from beyond the arc tonight, connecting on eight of the 13 3’s he took tonight.
Kyle Collinsworth led the Cougars on the glass with 11 rebounds. He also had 7 assists, which was a team-high.
Portland had four double-digit scorers, with Ryan Nicholas leading the way with 17 points. Bobby Sharp, Thomas van der Mars and Bryce Pressley were the others with 16 , 11 and 10 points respectively. Riley Barker led the Pilots with eight rebounds and Bobby Carr led the Pilots in assists with six.
Keys to the Game Checklist
Keep Mika and Austin on the floor
With the onslaught of points scored by the BYU guards tonight, the BYU big men were not really needed tonight. Neither Austin nor Mika got in foul trouble tonight, allowing coach Rose flexibility in his post rotation.
Who can replace Bailey’s production?
With the way BYU was firing tonight, Portland could do little to slow down the Cougars. Despite that, the Pilots had four double digit scorers tonight, proving that they have other weapons other than Bailey. Not having Wintering tonight did not bode well for Portland tonight either.
BYU stays in second place with the blowout victory. BYU will take on travel partner San Diego next week to finish out the season.
Portland falls to 7-9 in conference with the loss, and will travel to Saint Mary’s and Pacific on the final week of the regular season.