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BYU Hoops Final: Carlino's hot shot sparks blowout of UP

2014-02-22T21:00:00Z 2014-03-20T21:00:03Z BYU Hoops Final: Carlino's hot shot sparks blowout of UPJason Franchuk - Daily Herald Daily Herald
February 22, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

Matt Carlino tied a home-court BYU record for most 3-pointers and the Cougars cruised to an 89-72 win against Portland.

The Cougars hope it's their last home game, and another one isn't warranted because of a second consecutive year finishing up in the NIT.

If it's the last home one, it was a strong finish.

Carlino hit 8-of-13 3-pointers, tying Mike Rose's mark from 2003. Only Jimmer Fredette had more in a single game, nine during his record-breaking scoring game at Arizona his junior year.

Back to this one, Carlino (30 points) was joined by 19 points from Anson Winder and 15 from Tyler Haws as BYU shot 55 percent from the field.

UP, which won the previous meeting at home in triple overtime, fell behind by 17 points in the first half, pushed it back to 11 but succumbed to 13 turnovers and a whole lot of Carlino.

The junior had back-to-back treys that ran his team's lead to 26 points.

He was pulled with about 2 1/2 minutes left to a standing ovation.

BYU will wrap up the regular season at San Diego next Saturday before going to the West Coast Conference tournament. It is hopeful to win that game, then be assured the No. 2 seed in the 10-team field.

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BYU hasn't totally hammered Portland in the rematch, but it's been enough to produce a 13-point halftime lead.

The Cougars have shot 5-of-8 from 3-point range, including a bomb by Matt Carlino with less than 30 seconds left, for a 46-33 cushion.

Portland, which won the first meeting in triple-overtime last month, started 3-of-14 from the field and has trailed by as many as 17 points with about seven minutes until the break.

Tyler Haws leads BYU with 13 points and Carlino has a dozen. Anson Winder has produced 10 on 4-of-5 shooting in another start.

Luke Worthington, a freshman center, also received his first college start. He hit an early 3-point play as he was bumped at the rim while jumping for a dunk. That gave BYU a 10-5 lead.

Cougar nemesis Bobby Sharp has seven points and is 1-of-3 from 3-point range — not quite his arc explosion at UP.

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BYU's looking for revenge tonight, and it may have gotten even easier against visiting Portland.

The Pilots (7-8 in West Coast Conference games, compared to BYU's 11-5 mark) will be without two starters for the 7 p.m. tipoff at the Marriott Center.

Alec Wintering and leading scorer, regular starter Kevin Bailey, aren't expected to suit up. It will be Bailey's fourth consecutive missed game with a calf injury.

As KSL's Greg Wrubell pointed out, counting BYU's starting-lineup changes since BYU lost at Portland in triple-overtime in late January, only six of 10 starters from last meeting will be in the start lineup tonight.

It's a rather odd home-finale for the Cougars (assuming another NIT bid doesn't bring them back for an unwanted encore).

First, it's gorgeous and unseasonably warm outside for late February — darn near shorts weather for some, certainly.

Also, it's been nearly 60 years since BYU had a roster that didn't include a senior. The Cougars have six juniors, but there don't appear to be plans in place to honor Junior Night.

BYU should have time to play all sorts of ages of players, if what UP is without is really a big deal.

Bailey averages 16.5 points and Wintering was at a 7.7 clip, plus 4 1/2 assists.

BYU (19-10, 11-5 West Coast Conference) vs. Portland (15-12, 7-8)

7 p.m., Marriott Center

Radio: KSL 1160 AM (102.7 FM)

TV: BYUtv

Tip-ins: BYU is 9-1 in the series, including 4-1 as a WCC member. The Cougars lost, 114-110 in triple OT at Portland on Jan. 23. ...UP lost at San Diego, 61-59, on Thursday; Bobby Sharp, who had 27 against BYU the first time, had his best game since: 16 points. ...Leading scorer Kevin Bailey (16.5 ppg) has missed the last 3 games with a calf injury. ...After this only 1 regular-season game remains for BYU: Saturday at San Diego.

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