Cal State San Marcos 51

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Brigham Young University Cougars

Brigham Young University 79

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Cal State San Marcos 23 28 0 0 51
Brigham Young University 32 47 0 0 79
7:00 PM MST, December 27, 2011
Sport Men's Basketball
Level: College

BYU looking forward to first shot at gaining West Coast Conference title

BYU men's basketball
2011-12-27T22:45:00Z 2013-11-06T21:45:14Z BYU looking forward to first shot at gaining West Coast Conference titleJason Franchuk - Daily Herald Daily Herald
December 27, 2011 10:45 pm  • 
BYU coach Dave Rose didn't spend the holiday break breaking down St. Mary's game film.
The seventh-year BYU coach instead expected to get a scouting report of the Gaels shortly after BYU's 79-51 win against Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday. Assistant coach Tim LaComb has been following St. Mary’s closely.
That sets up the Cougars' first West Coast Conference game, Thursday, in Moraga, Calif. BYU has visited several WCC teams in Rose's tenure but hasn't played in McKeon Pavilion since BYU went 9-21 in the final year before Rose became head coach (SMC won big).
"We have a little bit of familiarity because we played them last year," Rose said of the Randy Bennett-coached program that the Cougars defeated in South Padre Island, Texas, last Thanksgiving weekend.
Both teams lost star point guards from last year's team.
This year, they've both played Baylor — each losing, but BYU by a few less baskets.
It's a quick turnaround for BYU, which hadn't played since last Thursday before ousting the NAIA outfit San Marcos at the Marriott Center. Rose's team had three games last week in a seven-day span, and will play three more this week.
There are two reasons for the crunched time. One, the WCC finishes its regular season and conference tournament about a week ahead of the old Mountain West Conference.
Also, BYU purposely tried to squeeze in some games after Dec. 17. That's when now-starting point guard Matt Carlino became eligible. He has scored in double figures in all four games.
Consistency is a crucial word to Rose, but it's hard to come by. Carlino’s presence has been part of it, but injuries have hit hard.
There could be some good news ahead. Stephen Rogers sat behind the team bench Tuesday without sporting crutches.
Rogers even did some treadmill work Tuesday and used his Twitter account to brag about the accomplishment. He had surgery to repair a meniscus tear shortly before BYU's Dec. 17 loss against Baylor.
"He's progressing well," Rose said, noting that the sixth-man shooting specialist Rogers spent an "extended period of time" running on gameday.
Chris Collinsworth isn't faring as well, Rose noted. The injury-riddled forward still has extensive swelling in his surgically repaired knee. He's off crutches, but battling significantly more pain than Rogers.
Rose said doctors are still encouraged about Collinsworth's future, even though "it's taking longer than we would have hoped."
∫Not their night, either: The home team wasn't the only group suffering.
The three-man referee crew lost a member about nine minutes away from halftime.
Gregory Nixon hit the ground, appearing to injure a knee or ankle when stepping on the sticky pad that adorns the sideline at center court, there for players to clean the soles of their sneakers. The injury left a two-man crew for the rest of the night.
"That is so sad," Rose said. "I feel so bad for Greg. There's the possibility of him being out the rest of the season. That's sad. He's a good official."
∫Tip-ins: BYU out-rebounded San Marcos, 44-27. ...BYU had 28 points off turnovers.

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