University at Buffalo men's basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon couldn't have asked for a better start than he got from his Bulls against Brigham Young on Tuesday night in the Marriott Center.
UB (6-3) shot to a 14-3 lead, but couldn't hold off the long-range shooting of the host Cougars and dropped a 93-78 decision in the 22,700-seat arena.
Freshman Anson Winder came off the BYU bench and hit his first five shots from three-point range as the Cougars (9-3) rebounded from their three-point loss to No. 6 Baylor last Saturday.
Winder, a freshman from Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman High, finished with 20 points and ended up 6 for 7 from three-point range. Brock Zylstra led the Cougars with 26 points. Guard Matt Carlino, another freshman, had 11 assists and seven rebounds.
The BYU run began after the Bulls had taken a 17-6 lead. The Cougars tied it at 22 and 25 before taking the lead for good, 28-27, on the second of two straight threes by the 6-foot-3 Winder. It was 47-39 at the half, and the Bulls kept pressing but never were able to get closer than eight points in the second half.
Mitchell Watt led UB with 18 points while Javon McCrea added 16. Zach Filzen, who leads the nation in three-pointers per game (3.9), made 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, and finished with 14 points.