Before I get into the game, you have to see this shot by Saint Mary’s Matthew Dellavedova.
Yeah, that shot was big time. Just when it all seemed hopeless for the Gaels, leave it to Dellavedova to save them against the BYU Cougars. The final score of the game was 70-69. Delladova had 18 points in the game, but none bigger than his game-winning shot.
The victory gave the Gaels their third conference win of the season and handed BYU its first WCC loss. Both teams are having great seasons and will definitely compete for a conference title, however, the win on the road for Saint Mary’s couldn’t have been any bigger. I mean seriously, who hits a half court shot to win the game in January? That kind of stuff is meant for March, but Dellavedova is very familiar with the Big Dance, having made it twice already in his very solid collegiate career.
Give BYU all of the credit in the world in this game for not losing its composure after blowing a huge lead, but it ain’t over until the fat lady sings, or until the Dova hits the game-winning half court shot. BYU’s Tyler Haws made a clutch shot that should have been the game-winner, with just five seconds left in the game. Haws had a game high 23 points.
Things won’t get much easier for the Cougars because they will have to take on the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs on the road Jan. 24.
This victory not only got Saint Mary’s back into the WCC race, but it also reminded the sports world just how good college basketball can be.
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