BYU escapes with 69-67 win over San Diego

San Diego guard Vasa Pusica plows through BYU defenders Nick Emery, right, Kyle Collinsworth, left, and Kyle Davis, rear, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO (AP) Kyle Collinsworth had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Nick Emery made three late free throws to help BYU escape San Diego 69-67 on Thursday night.

Chase Fischer added 14 points and Emery 12 for the Cougars (20-8, 11-4 West Coast Conference), who posted their 11th consecutive 20-win season despite shooting only 35 percent.

The Cougars had an eight-point lead before the Toreros (8-18, 3-12) cut it to 66-64 with 48 seconds left. BYU missed a 3-pointer but retained possession on a held-ball. Emery followed with two free throws. USD's Vasa Pusica hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining but Emery added a final free throw, missed a second, and USD's desperation heave wasn't close.

Pusica had 17 points, Duda Sanadze 16 and Olin Carter III 15 for USD, which led by 13 with 5:30 remaining in the first half, but then went nearly 10 minutes without scoring.

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