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BYU vs. Pepperdine Game Story
BYU vs. Pepperdine Box Score
With 19 points, Elijah Bryant reached double figures in scoring for the eighth time this season and set a new season high. He hit two 3-pointers for his first game with multiple 3s since Jan. 19 against Pepperdine in Provo.
Payton Dastrup had five points, his first time on the board since the last time the Cougars played the Waves. His points all came before the break for a first-half career high.
After just two points against both Gonzaga and Portland, Nick Emery had BYU's first five points. He wound up with 19 on the night, his highest total since Jan. 12, when he scored 22 against San Francisco.
With 18 points on the night, Eric Mika extended his double-digit scoring streak to 27 games.
Mika's four blocks gave him three-plus in five of his last six games and 12 times overall this season.
BYU had six blocks as a team for its second-straight game with more than five rejections.
From the Cougar Locker Room Show on the Cougar IMG Network
BYU coach Dave Rose
"They were really efficient offensively. They're really atheltic, big and strong. They have three really experienced seniors. From the very beginning, our feet were slow and we weren't in position to attack them defensively. They would find that open guy and knock down shots. They were ready and they played that way. They were quicker. They were more aggressive. We were just trying to react to them instead of attacking and making it tough on them. Our team looked tired."
"We're too often responding and trying to respond to what teams are doing against us rather than imposing our will and our style of play on our opponents."
"It's been happening in the last three games that we have ill-advised plays where guys are trying to make a play for themselves instead of a play for the team."
"Pepperdine played a solid game. Credit them and their preparation. We felt like we had a good game plan, but the game of basketball is played by two teams and they played better than we did tonight."