Weekend sports roundup: BYU’s basketball teams fight in overtime

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The BYU men’s basketball team celebrates its 75–73 overtime win against San Francisco Saturday night in the Marriott Center. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

If you were as busy as the Cougars and Wolverines were this weekend, chances are you didn’t get to watch all of the games. Here’s a quick recap of how it all went down.

Bryant’s last-minute shot catapults BYU into overtime win against San Francisco

With only a few minutes left in the game, BYU fans started leaving the Marriott Center when it looked like the Cougars would lose to the San Francisco Dons. For those fans, BYU coach Dave Rose has little sympathy.

“Too bad for them. Maybe next time we’ll get the camera and make them wear a yellow hat,” Rose joked.

Those fans missed out on a 75–73 overtime BYU win against USF on Saturday afternoon.

“We caught a break at the end of regulation, so our mentality was, ‘we’re going to win this game in overtime,’ said BYU guard TJ Haws. “I thought we brought it. We got down a bit a little bit early, but our resilience is awesome and I thought we fought hard tonight. And it just showed a lot about what this team is.”

Read more about the Cougars overtime thriller and watch game highlights here.

BYU women’s basketball loses double-overtime battle in San Franisco

BYU women’s basketball team fought hard, but eventually fell 76–73 to San Francisco on Saturday afternoon.

“We did a good job of coming back to send it to overtime, but we made too many mistakes and didn’t rebound when we needed to,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. “You can’t give away opportunities to the home team.”

The back-and-forth game was tied 10 different times and remained tied for 7:37 minutes of play.

BYU senior Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee led the Cougars with 29 points while sophomore guard Brenna Chase contributed 21 points. BYU freshman Sara Hamson scored nine points and added a career-high 20 rebounds.

With the loss, the Cougars fall to 14–11 overall and 9–5 in the West Coast Conference.

The Cougars return home for a game against Pepperdine on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. MST.

UVU men’s basketball can’t stop hot-handed Kansas City

UVU men’s basketball team couldn’t find a way to stop the hot-handed University of Missouri Kansas City in its 77–70 loss on Saturday night.

UMKC knocked down 46.4 percent of its threes and 51.9 percent of its overall field goals en route to its win over the Wolverines. Comparatively, UVU shot 33.3 percent from behind the arc, 47.3 percent from the field and a mere 54.2 percent from the free-throw line.

UVU senior Akolda Manyang led the Wolverines in scoring with 22 points and added nine rebounds. Sophomore Jake Toolson contributed 11 points. Guards Conner Toolson and Kenneth Ogbe each contributed 10 points.

UVU ends its road trip run and returns home to take on Western Athletic Conference leader New Mexico State on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on UVU TV and the WAC Digital Network.

UVU women’s basketball ends losing streak

UVU women’s basketball ended a four-game losing streak with a 68–65 win over University of Missouri Kansas City on Saturday.

“Those losses are now in the past,” said Utah Valley head coach Cathy Nixon. “I’m really proud of the way our team stepped up tonight. It could rattle you when you don’t feel like you played well and stepped up to the challenge, so I’m just really proud of how the girls came in and competed. UMKC’s not a bad team and they’ve won some big games, but I loved the balanced effort tonight.”

In the home win, UVU senior Taylor Christensen reached 1,000 career points. She tied to lead the Wolverines for the night with Mariah Seals, each scoring 14 points. A total of five Wolverines scored in double figures including Jordan Holland (13 points), Britta Spencer (12 points) and Gabrielle Leos (10 points).

UVU next travels to take on WAC leader New Mexico State on Thursday, Feb. 15.

BYU men’s volleyball opens conference play with a win

BYU men’s volleyball opened conference play with a road win over USC in four sets (25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 27-25). No. 7 BYU men’s volleyball starts the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 1–0 and has an overall record of 8–4.

“This was an important win for us as we start conference play,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “We stayed composed when USC went on some runs, and we were able to close out some close sets. I liked the team effort we showed tonight.”

BYU senior Brenden Sander had a career night; he led the team with a career-high 23 kills on a .372 clip and added a career-high five service aces. Freshman opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez contributed 18 kills on a .441 clip and six digs. BYU setter Leo Durkin had a season-high 54 assists.

The Cougars continue playing on the road on Thursday, Feb. 15 against No. 10 Grand Canyon. This will be the first time in program history the Cougars have played the Antelopes.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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