SAN DIEGO — BYU fell behind early and couldn't get its offense on track, falling to San Diego 75-62 at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday.
Turning point: BYU, which trailed by double digits during much of the game, had used a 9-0 run to cut San Diego's lead to 61-56. But Yoeli Childs picked up his fifth foul with 3:57 to play on a 3-point attempt, and Tyler Williams hit all three free throws to make it an eight-point game. BYU never got as close as five points again.
The hero: Isaiah Pinerio scored 20 points — hitting 6 of 10 field goals and a pair of 3-pointers — while adding seven rebounds and two assists to lead the Toreros.
- San Diego made 9 of 21 3-pointers, while BYU hit 3 of 22, including missing 13 straight. The Cougars shot 37 percent overall, to the Toreros' 48.8 percent.
- Childs, who dealt with foul trouble all game, had his streak of scoring double-digits end at 26 games, as he had eight points on 3-of-8 shooting in 22 minutes.
- San Diego out-rebounded the Cougars 37-24 and held BYU to two offensive rebounds.
BYU almanac: 21-8, 10-6 West Coast Conference, Lost 1 Next 3
Thursday, at Portland (10-19, 4-12), 9 p.m. MST (ESPNU)
Saturday, Feb. 24, vs. Gonzaga (25-4, 15-1), 6 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
March 2-6, TBD at West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas