BYU Basketball Routs San Diego Behind Monster Game from Brandon Davies

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIJanuary 1, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Deseret News
Photo Courtesy of Deseret News

The BYU men's basketball team did not have a great start to their tenure in the West Coast Conference, losing big on Thursday to a hot-shooting St. Mary's squad.  They hoped to avoid a similar letdown against conference foe San Diego on Saturday at the Marriott Center.

Brandon Davies decided to make absolutely sure that the Torreros had no shot at upsetting BYU, putting forth a monster effort of 21 points and 22 rebounds.  Behind Davies' dominant play, the Cougars easily cruised to an 88-52 win.

San Diego were big underdogs coming in, but nobody quite expected them to be so completely helpless against BYU's big men, especially Davies.

Davies had the killer instinct turned on today, and would most likely have dominated any team in the country with the effort he put forth.  In order to understand how truly incredible Davies was against San Diego, one need only look at the stat sheet. 

Davies had 21 points, 22 rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and only three fouls (which is pretty good for someone who usually gets in foul trouble in the first half).  Nearly every time Davies touched the ball, something magical happened.

One of the best examples of how dominant Davies was today actually comes from one of his assists.  After driving into the lane and facing heavy traffic, he stopped on a dime and then whipped a bounce pass behind his back to Nate Austin, who hit the open jumper.

No matter what San Diego did, they could not stop Davies from making big play after big play.  If Davies keeps up that kind of effort, he will have a good shot at being the WCC Player of the Year.