PROVO, Utah -- The Brigham Young University Cougars and the San Francisco Dons were tied at second in the West Coast Conference standings until Saturday night.
The matchup was close until the last minutes of the game - San Francisco's Tim Derksen cutting a BYU lead to 62-60 with less than three minutes left.
BYU's junior guard Matt Carlino answered the rally with a 3-pointer and freshman forward Eric Mika lengthened their lead with a jumper.
After another Derksen 3-pointer making the score 67-63, BYU held the Dons back from scoring the rest of the night, leaving free throws to confirm the Cougar win.
It was a physical game between the Dons and Cougars, and the rebound numbers showed that BYU's defense was on fire.
The Cougars out-rebounded the Dons 47-29, with 16 of those rebounds coming from Cougar junior forward Nate Austin.
BYU won their second game against San Francisco 68-63.
The Cougars clinch second place in the WCC, San Francisco falls to fourth.
FOX 13 Sports’ Bailey McMurdie spoke with the Cougars and San Francisco head coach Rex Walters after the game, see the video above for her report.