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3 keys in the BYU Cougars' 69-59 win over the San Francisco Dons

FILE: Brigham Young Cougars guard Elijah Bryant (3) gets hyped up during the game against the Utah Utes at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
FILE: Brigham Young Cougars guard Elijah Bryant (3) gets hyped up during the game against the Utah Utes at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
Spenser Heaps,

SAN FRANCISCO — BYU dominated the final minutes and opened up its road play in conference action with a 69-59 victory over San Francisco on Thursday night.

The turning point: BYU trailed 55-53 with 7:46 to play, but the Cougars went on a 12-1 run to take a 65-56 lead with 3:06 remaining while holding USF without a field goal for five minutes.

3 keys:

  • BYU made 18 of 25 free throws, while the Dons made only 3 of 8.
  • The Cougars outscored San Francisco 36-26 in points in the paint.
  • BYU led for 36:38, while USF only held the lead for 58 seconds.

BYU almanac: 13-3 (2-1 West Coast Conference), won 1 The hero: Elijah Bryant had 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and seven rebounds to lead the Cougars.

Next up: at Pacific (6-10, 1-2), Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. MST

On deck: vs. Pepperdine (3-12, 0-3), Thursday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. MST