BYU COUGARS

Alex Barcello Helps BYU Basketball Upset No. 18 San Diego State

Dec 18, 2020, 5:00 PM | Updated: Dec 19, 2020, 7:51 pm
Alex Barcello - BYU - San Diego State...
Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello (4) runs through San Diego State Aztecs guards Jordan Schakel (20) and Malachi Flynn (22) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game at Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (Courtesy of Deseret News)
(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – BYU guard Alex Barcello led the Cougars to an upset victory over the No. 18 San Diego State Aztecs.

The Aztecs hosted the Cougars on Friday, December 18.

After a double-digit lead fell to a single possession in the final minutes, BYU escaped Southern California with a 72-62 win.

It was BYU’s first victory over San Diego State since 2011 and broke a four-game losing streak to the Aztecs.

Barcello led the Cougars with a team-high 22 points.

The senior guard made 7-11 field goals, including 2-3 from three-point range. He also was a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe.

Barcello added seven rebounds, a game-high seven assists, and one steal.

After the Aztecs held a 5-4 lead early in the contest, BYU took control of the scoreboard until the final buzzer.

San Diego State trailed 35-20 at halftime but closed the gap in the final minutes of the second half.

With 1:57 remaining, Matt Mitchell dunked the ball to tie the game at 61 apiece.

The jam capped a 14-0 run by SDSU.

Over the final two minutes of action, the Cougars responded.

Brandon Averette buried a massive three-pointer with 54 seconds left to give BYU a four-point cushion, 66-62.

The Cougars added three trips to the foul line and ended the game on an 11-1 run.

Mitchell finished with a game-high 35 points on 12-17 shooting, including 5-9 from distance.

San Diego State fell for the first time this season and moved to 5-1 this season.

The Cougars improved to 7-2 on the season with the result.

BYU’s next game is against Texas Southern on Monday, December 21 at 7 p.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on BYUtv and KSL NewsRadio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

Zach-Wilson-Robert-Saleh-New-York-Jets-Week-3...
Kyle Ireland

Jets Expect Zach Wilson To Return From Injury In Week 4

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh said that he expects second-year quarterback Zach Wilson to be cleared to return from injury in Week 4.
1 day ago
Jamaal-Williams-Detroit-Lions-Minnesota-Vikings-2022...
Kyle Ireland

Former BYU RB Jamaal Williams Scores Second TD Against Vikings

Former BYU and current Lions RB Jamaal Williams found the end zone for the second time during Detroit's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
1 day ago
Cam Rising - Utah Utes - Oregon Ducks - Pac-12 Championship Game...
Michelle Bodkin

Utah Climbs AP Poll, BYU Holds Steady After Week Four Wins

Utah and BYU continue their AP Poll climb after successfully completing week four with wins.
1 day ago
Jamaal-Williams-Detroit-Lions-Minnesota-Vikings-2022...
Kyle Ireland

Former BYU RB Jamaal Williams Finds Paydirt Against Vikings

Former BYU and current Lions running back Jamaal Williams entered the end zone for the third time this season.
1 day ago
BYU Quarterback Jaren Hall against Wyoming...
Matt Baiamonte

BYU Football Questions Answered In Win Against Wyoming

Jaren Hall had once of his best games as a BYU Cougar throwing for 337 yards and four touchdowns while completing 81 percent of his passes in the win over Wyoming.
1 day ago
BYU Football, Jaren Hall...
Mitch Harper

Instant Takeaways From No. 19 BYU’s Victory Over Wyoming

No. 19 BYU football defeated the Wyoming Cowboys at LaVell Edwards Stadium. QB Jaren Hall is among the takeaways from the victory.
1 day ago
Alex Barcello Helps BYU Basketball Upset No. 18 San Diego State