BYU Cougars Basketball: Brock Zylstra's Big Game Fuels Big Win over USF

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIJanuary 8, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10:  Brock Zylstra #13 of the Brigham Young University Cougars looks to pass against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs during a quarterfinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 10, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. BYU won 64-58.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The BYU Cougars hosted the University of San Fransisco Dons on Saturday at the Marriott Center in a much anticipated matchup.  BYU is part of a group known as the "Big Three" (BYU, Gonzaga, and St. Mary's), consisting of the frontrunners for the West Coast Conference Championship this season.  USF, meanwhile, was considered as the dark horse candidate to challenge the Big Three for the league title.

After Saturday's game, it is obvious why BYU is part of the Big Three and USF is not. The Cougars absolutely throttled the Dons, 81-56.

Much of the credit for the big win goes to BYU shooting guard Brock Zylstra, who played pretty much a perfect game. Zylstra had 22 points on 8-8 shooting, including 6-6 from 3-point range.

Yep, Zylstra shot 100 percent, including six shots from behind the arc. It's pretty hard to do it any better than that.

It wasn't just Zylstra's shooting that made him such a force to be reckoned with. He also added three assists, a steal and six rebounds (not too shabby for a guard).

Led by Zylstra, the Cougars' starting lineup turned in an all-around solid effort. Four of the five starters scored in the double digits.  The only one of the BYU starters who didn't score at least ten points, Charles Abouo, still had two rebounds, two steals and seven assists.

It looks like head coach Dave Rose knew exactly what he was doing when he moved Brock Zylstra to the shooting guard position earlier this season.