9:45 PM ET, March 13, 2012
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
DAYTON, Ohio -- With his team in the midst of the biggest comeback in NCAA tournament history, BYU coach Dave Rose caught the look in his players' eyes and was reassured.A rally for the ages was in the making.Noah Hartsock scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and the Cougars came back from 25 points down to beat Iona 78-72 in the first round Tuesday night.During a timeout after the Cougars had pared the lead to single digits midway through the second half, Rose saw something he'll never forget."The look in our players' eyes at that time was, 'Game on. We've got a chance here,' " Rose said. "And we were able to finish it off."
SN: Amazing comebacks
Western Kentucky and BYU both had impressive comebacks in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, but which was better? Vote and discuss!
Iona's Epic Collapse
BYU was down 25 points in the first half against Iona but rallied for the largest comeback in NCAA tournament history. Iona scored 55 points in the first 15:26 of the game, but just 27 in the final 24:34.
Iona Tuesday vs. BYU
|First 15:26||Last 24:34|
NCAA Mens Tournament
DAYTON, OH - MARCH 13: Matt Carlino #10 of the Brigham Young Cougars goes up for a shot over Randy Dezouvre #23...(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||31-70 (.443)||30-62 (.484)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-25 (.240)||7-20 (.350)|
|FT Made-Attempted||4-8 (.500)||11-20 (.550)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|
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