Pepperdine started off the game on a 6-0 run before Kyle Collinsworth got BYU on the board with a driving layup. Collinsworth accounted for each of the Cougars' first seven points on the night. Kyle Davis also chipped in a 3-pointer as the Waves had a 14-10 advantage at the first media timeout, 15:21.
Corbin Kaufusi threw down a nice dunk soon after the timeout, and he knocked down a pair of free throws to give BYU its first lead of the game, 19-17 with 13:16 to play in the first half. Collinsworth shook his man with a crossover down the lane for a score to put the Cougars up five, 25-20 with 11:12 left. BYU made nine straight shots, including all of its free throws, from the 19:26 mark until a Nick Emery missed 3-pointer at the 11:02 mark.
Noah Hartsock sunk threes on back-to-back offensive trips to extend the lead to eight, 31-23, at the 9:26 mark. He made his third in as many tries two possessions later. BYU held a 36-28 lead with 7:10 to play.
BYU went on another hot shooting streaking, making seven straight field goals over the next five minutes, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Chase Fischer and a layup from Jordan Chatman. The Cougars led 50-39 with 2:19 left. At the half, BYU led 53-45.
Collinsworth paced the Cougars on offense with 13 points along with eight assists and a rebound. Emery had 10 points, Hartsock had nine points and Davis had eight points and four rebounds. BYU shot 63 percent from the field in the half.