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There are two ways to view BYU's 77-75 double overtime victory over South Florida on Friday night in the third round of the South Padre Invitational.

On one hand, the Cougars shot 32.1 percent from the field and missed 17 free throws yet still managed to eke out a neutral-court victory over a Big East opponent. On the other hand, they needed a late comeback from a 10-point deficit in regulation and then a buzzer beater in the second overtime to defeat a South Florida team likely to finish in the bottom four in the Big East.

Perhaps that explains the subdued celebration following Noah Hartsock's game-winning baseline jumper as time expired. Fredette lies on the floor with a smile on his face and Hartsock raises his arms in victory, yet there were only a few brief handshakes on the court instead of the usual frenzied celebration or dog pile after a game-winner.  

BYU will have to shoot far better in the title game on Saturday against Saint Mary's to preserve its national ranking and spotless record. Since a narrow season-opening win over St. John's, the Gaels have annihilated the next four teams they've played, most recently an 88-68 rout of Texas Tech on Friday night.   

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