Since BYU entered the WCC for the 2011-12 season, the Cougars had dominated USF. They’d won 14 of the 15 meetings, including the past 11 and all seven on the Hilltop before Saturday night.
The Dons did the dominating Saturday evening.
Balanced scoring, a typically excellent performance by point guard Frankie Ferrari and a coming-out-party night by sophomore guard Jamaree Bouyea sparked USF to an 82-63 rout.
Ferrari had a team-high 21 points, going 8-for-11 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. He also dished out a game-high seven assists.
Bouyea had 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting, with four rebounds and two steals.
The Dons (16-3, 4-1 WCC) also had three other players score in double figures: Matt McCarthy had 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting, Charles Minlend had 13 and Jordan Ratinho 10.
Yoeli Childs scored a game-high 25 points for BYU (12-9, 4-2), but the Dons held him to six points on 2-for-11 shooting in the first half. He came into Saturday averaging 22.2 points per game.
USF led by 18 late in the first half and by 14 at the break.
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The margin was still 14 early in the second half before the Cougars scored 10 of the next 12 points. TJ Haws ended that stretch with a drive down the left side of the lane. Just like that, BYU was down only 53-47.
USF responded with a 12-1 spurt. Minlend sliced for two before Bouyea beat the shot clock with a clever drive. Jordan Ratinho stole a pass from Childs and turned it into a three-point play.
After Childs went 1-for-2 at the line, Bouyea connected on a tough left-handed shot off the glass, Minlend found McCarthy for a layup and then Minlend hit one of two free-throw tries.
USF was up 65-48 with 9:53 left. The Cougars got no closer than 14 the rest of the way.
With 12 minutes left in the first half, BYU led 15-13. Four minutes later, the Dons owned a 29-15 edge.
Bouyea, who’s listed at 6-foot-2, ignited that 16-0 blitz by streaking down the right side of the floor and then posterizing 6-7 guard Zac Seljaas with a highlight-reel jam.
Ferrari had a hand in the Dons’ next eight points: He fed Renfro for a 3, buried a 3 of his own and then dished to McCarthy for a layup.
Treys by Bouyea and Ratinho capped the stretch. USF’s offense then hit a lull, but its defense didn’t. BYU went eight minutes without a point and 8½ without a field goal.
The first half ended with USF in front 43-29. The Dons were 19-for-29 (65.5 percent) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. The Cougars were 11-for-31 (35.5 percent).
Briefly: USF entered Saturday with a NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) ranking of 48. BYU was at 109. … Center Jimbo Lull scored the Dons’ first six points. His first two buckets came on assists from Ferrari. Minlend assisted on Lull’s third bucket. Those were Lull’s only points of the night.
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