BYU's preparations for Monday's Miami Beach Bowl matchup with Memphis continued Friday amid a high of 79 in Miami, and the Cougars still enjoyed the "Heat" late into the evening.
Friday's practice at Florida International University saw the team focused and improved from its first practice in the Sunshine State. After a stop at the set of BYU Sports Nation by several members of the team upon returning to Loews Miami Beach Hotel, the players were able to enjoy some free time in the afternoon prior to a trip to Marlins Park for dinner and then a nightcap at American Airlines Arena to watch the Miami Heat take on the Washington Wizards.
At halftime of the Heat game, BYU and Memphis players were invited to the court for a friendly shooting competition. Receivers Mitch Mathews and Jordan Leslie joined safety Kai Nacua representing the Cougars on the floor for the shooting challenge. They had to make a layup, free throw, 3-point shot and half-court shot to complete the challenge.
Mathews scored the layup and Nacua followed with a made free throw before Leslie converted from behind the arc. Nacua was then able to connect from mid-court to complete the challenge for the Cougars. Memphis players also made all four shots, but with a slightly faster time to get the upperhand.
The Cougars go to work again Saturday morning in their effort to get the upperhand on Monday when the two teams meet in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park.