Printed on: December 09, 2012

BYU's Carlino finds his shot vs. Utes


PROVO, Utah -- Matt Carlino discovered his shot again at the perfect time for BYU.

On Saturday night, Utah made a point of focusing its defensive game plan on shutting down Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws from the opening tip. With neither player getting many clean looks at the basket, it fell on the Cougars' point guard to give his team an offensive jolt.

Carlino found plenty of opportunities from the perimeter and made them count. He scored 19 points and made a career-high five 3-pointers to lead BYU to come-from-behind 61-58 victory over the Utes on Saturday night.

"They were playing off," Carlino said. "They were giving us that shot the whole game. Those times I got up there and shot it."

Utah State 86, Western Oregon 57: At Logan, Utah, Freshman Marcel Davis scored a career-high 21 points, Preston Medlin added 18 and Utah State crushed Western Oregon in an emotional game before an Aggies teammate who had collapsed and had to be revived four days earlier.

"It's been a tough week," Medlin said of witnessing Danny Berger suffer cardiac arrest during practice Tuesday. "It was good to see Danny back out there."

The Wolves were within two points early in the second half before Medlin scored six straight and Davis took over -- his points the most by an Aggies player this season.

UTEP 64, Idaho 60: At El Paso, Texas, Jalen Ragland, Julian Washburn and John Bohannon combined for 48 points as UTEP held off Idaho.

Ragland had 17 points, Washburn 16 and Bohannon 15 for the Miners (3-4), who led by as many as 18 points in the second half. Bohannon also pulled down 10 rebounds and Jacques Streeter had seven assists for UTEP, which shot 52 percent from the field.

Connor Hill led Idaho (3-5) with 16 points.

Oregon 87, Idaho St. 35: At Eugene, Ore., Damyean Dotson scored 12 points and Oregon demolished Idaho State 87-35 on Saturday.

Melvin Morgan scored 11 for the Bengals (1-6), who actually led 5-4 after the first 3 minutes of the game.

Around the Top 10

No. 1 Indiana 100, Central Connecticut State 69: At Bloomington, Ind., Christian Watford scored 21 points and Cody Zeller had 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, but it was the Hoosiers' suffocating defense that had the starring role in a 100-69 victory.

NO. 2 DUKE 90, TEMPLE 67: At East Rutherford. N.J., Seth Curry scored 23 points, big men Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly had double-doubles and Duke got the win at the Izod Center.

NO. 3 MICHIGAN 80, ARKANSAS 67: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Jordan Morgan scored a season-high 12 points and matched a season high with 10 rebounds to help Michigan remain undefeated.

NO. 4 SYRACUSE 108, MONMOUTH (N.J.) 56: At Syracuse, N.Y., Michael-Carter Williams had 15 points and a career-high 16 assists, C.J. Fair finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Syracuse pounded Monmouth of New Jersey.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 99, MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 47: At Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored a career-high 31 points, powering Louisville to the easy victory. Smith was 12 of 18 from the field and 3 of 5 from 3-point range in surpassing his previous high of 30.

NO. 7 OHIO STATE 89, LONG BEACH STATE 55: At Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas had 18 points, including a 3-pointer in an 11-point run in the first half, and Ohio State cruised past Long Beach State.

NO. 8 ARIZONA 66, CLEMSON 54: Mark Lyons scored 20 points and Arizona used a late second-half run to improve to 7-0 for the first time in 14 years.

NO. 9 KANSAS 90, COLORADO 54: At Lawrence, Kan., Ben McLemore scored 24 points, Kevin Young added 16 points and eight rebounds and Kansas routed former Big 12 member Colorado.

NO. 13 ILLINOIS 85, NO. 10 GONZAGA 74: At Spokane, Wash., Brandon Paul scored 35 points to help Illinois extend its perfect start.

Tracy Abrams added 14 points for Illinois (10-0), and new coach John Groce is off to the best debut for an Illinois coach in the team's modern history.