Nobody ever escaped from the prison at nearby Alcatraz Island, they say, but the BYU Cougars are turning the practice at USF's War Memorial Gymnasium into an art form. Just like last year when they took an 85-84 win over the homestanding Dons, the Cougars eked out a WCC victory here Saturday night. BYU won 80-76 after almost blowing a six-point lead in the final two minutes because they missed free throws.
"It was kind of scary," Matt Carlino said.
Ironically, the Cougars' best free-throw shooters did the missing this time. Tyler Haws was just 3-for-6 from the line, believe it or not. He missed two front ends in a row, the first with 6:46 remaining, and the second with 24 seconds remaining and the Cougars holding on to a 77-76 lead. Coach Dave Rose said in his postgame interview that sometimes the Cougars take Haws' free-throw shooting for granted. "That's why we play the game. You never know what is going to happen," Rose said.