The BYU Cougars were tested by the San Diego Toreros from start to finish in Friday night's West Coast Conference quarterfinal, but pulled out the victory at the end to advance in the tournament. They will play Gonzaga on Saturday, but almost more importantly than that, they avoided disaster and likely locked up an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. BYU's shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch kept San Diego in the game, but they did enough to hold on for a 73-68 win.
BYU senior Noah Hartsock did not start the game because of a lingering knee injury, but was absolutely spectacular off the bench and didn't look hobbled at all. He led all scorers with 19 points on 8-13 shooting and also grabbed five rebounds. Brandon Davies was excellent as well, scoring 16 points on 6-9 shooting.
San Diego was led in scoring by Dennis Kramer, who scored 17 points, but will be disappointed with his three-point shooting and the three-point shooting of the team as a whole. Kramer shot 1-7 from behind the arc, part of USD's disappointing 6-23 shooting from distance.
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