Provo • They've exorcised some road demons, found a way to win basketball games when Tyler Haws isn't making shots, defeated the best team in the league and discovered some depth along the way that can only help them in March.
Suffice it to say, the BYU Cougars are feeling pretty good about themselves right now, that awful start to the West Coast Conference season in late December when they lost at Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine a distant memory.
"I feel like we've grown a lot," junior guard Matt Carlino said Saturday night after the Cougars kept their grip on second place in the WCC and kept their hopes alive for a piece of the league title with an 89-72 win over Portland in front of 17,842 at the Marriott Center. "Like I said, I feel like we are having the most fun at this point in the year, which is really important because, I mean, sometimes it feels like a grind this late in the year. But for us, I feel like we are really clicking, having a lot of fun, playing together, so that's really important."