MALIBU, Calif. – BYU men’s basketball fell 80-74 to Pepperdine as the Waves made a second-half push at the Firestone Fieldhouse Thursday night.
"The first seven or eight minutes of the second half were really the difference," BYU basketball coach Dave Rose said. "Not only the score, but the momentum. They were really good with the ball in our zone in the second half. Their spacing was better and we weren't quite as active. Basket after basket after basket and then it was a game."
Five-straight points from Haws, a 3-pointer from Winder and a tip-in by Collinsworth gave the Cougars a 10-7 start four minutes into the game. Collinsworth finished with a two-hand dunk at the 13:38 mark as BYU retook the lead at 13-12 following a Pepperdine run.
The Cougars reeled off a 14-0 run over six minutes to extend their lead to 27-14 with 6:06 left in the half. The run included buckets by Winder, Frank Bartley IV and Halford. Collinsworth and Isaac Neilson added two more dunks, followed by Halford’s backdoor pass to Haws for the 35-21 lead with 1:40 remaining in the half.
BYU entered halftime up 38-25 shooting 56.0 percent from the field. Winder led all scorers with 12 points and Haws followed with 11 points. Collinsworth entered the half with six points and seven rebounds.
It was a back-and-forth battle in the second half until the Waves went on a 12-2 run to cut their deficit to four at 46-42 with 13:45 on the clock. Holding onto a four-point lead, Halford connected for a big triple to push BYU back up 51-44 at the 13:05 mark.
With 9:01 remaining, Haws’ trip to the free-throw line gave him 21 points for the most 20-point games in BYU history with 68. Pepperdine responded with a 6-0 run to take a 62-61 lead and continued to extend its lead and take the game 80-74.
The Cougars stay on the road to take on Loyola Marymount on Saturday at 1 p.m. PST. The game will be televised live on ROOT Sports and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
After completing a home sweep of San Francisco and Santa Clara, BYU basketball begins a two-game road trip at Pepperdine Thursday in Firestone Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. PST. The Cougars and Waves are tied for third in the West Coast Conference at 7-4 and Pepperdine holds the tiebreaker, having won in Provo on Jan. 8, 2015.
The game will be televised live on TWC and Root Sports and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.
- BYU leads the country in scoring at 85.3 points per game
- Guard Tyler Haws, named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 and a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, is second in the country in scoring at 22.6 points per game
- Haws is currently second in scoring at BYU with 2,486 points, 113 from tying Jimmer Fredette for first
- Guard Kyle Collinsworth has recorded four triple-doubles this season to tie the NCAA record for triple-doubles in one season
- After shooting a combined 1 of 11 from three at San Diego and against San Francisco, Chase Fischer bounced back vs. Santa Clara by hitting 5 of 9 from downtown
- Freshman forward Ryan Andrus played his best game as a Cougar against Santa Clara, tying his career high with 5 points and grabbing a career-best 9 rebounds
- Senior guard Skyler Halford has been playing his best basketball of the season over the last six games, averaging 11.5 points and 3.3 assists while shooting 48.3 percent (14 of 29) from three
BYU Cougars (17-7, 7-4 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Career Record: 249-85 (10th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Pepperdine (14-8, 7-4 WCC)
- Head Coach: Marty Wilson
- Alma Mater: Pepperdine, 1989
- Career Record: 51-61 (4th)
- Record at Pepperdine: Same
- Series Record: BYU leads 9-6
- Last Meeting: Pepperdine won 67-61, 1/8/15
- H/A/N: 6-2/3-2/0-2
- TV: TWC/Root
- TV Talent: Steve Quis (play-by-play), Dan Dickau (analyst), Kelli Tennant (courtside)
- Live Video: TheW.tv
- Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Audio/Stats: BYUcougars.com