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Tatiana Littlefield | Posted: 21 Nov 2017 | Updated: 24 Dec 2020
Tatiana Littlefield

Cougars defeat Niagara 95-88


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BYU vs. Niagara Postgame Notes

PROVO, Utah – Elijah Bryant, Yoeli Childs and TJ Haws combined for 61 points in BYU basketball's 95-88 win over Niagara Tuesday night at the Marriott Center.

"I think that was a competitive game and we learned a lot about ourselves," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "We had to overcome some personnel issues. It was a good learning experience and a good win."

On the game, Bryant tallied 22 points and seven rebounds and Childs added 21 points and five boards. Haws contributed 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. Luke Worthington also scored in double-digits with 11 points.

A dunk by Childs put the Cougars (3-1) on the board first, starting a 6-0 run to give BYU an early lead. After four scoreless minutes, Niagara (1-3) finished a layup and then went 5-6 from the field to take a 12-11 advantage with 13:06 to play in the first half.

Dalton Nixon scored his first bucket of the night and Zac Seljaas hit his first 3-pointer with just under eight minutes to go in the first half to tie the game at 20-all. Nixon continued by converting on a three-point play to give the Cougars a 23-22 advantage.

The game was tied at 29-all with 2:04 left in the first half when Childs stole the ball and charged to the basket, scoring a layup for a two-point BYU lead, but a pair of free-throws by the Purple Eagles tied the game once again at 31-all.

After multiple possession exchanges in the final minute of the half, Niagara took a 34-31 lead at halftime with a three-point conversion in the last two seconds. Childs led with eight points after 20 minutes of play. In the first half, the Cougars shot 46.4 percent compared to the Purple Eagles 43.3 percent.

Worthington recorded the first bucket of the second half, but Niagara answered with a 9-2 run.

TJ Haws made five consecutive points to start a 10-4 run by the Cougars, giving BYU a 51-47 advantage. A 3-pointer by the Purple Eagles cut the lead back to one point. Free throws by Bryant and Haws and a three-point play by Childs gave BYU a 57-50 lead with 11:37 remaining.

A pair of threes by Bryant and a Worthington jumper gave the Cougars a 75-65 advantage. Childs grabbed a steal for a dunk with two minutes remaining to give the Cougars an 85-74 lead.

BYU ended the game shooting 9 of 12 from the line to secure the 95-88 victory.

The Cougars travel to Brooklyn this weekend as they conclude the Barclays Center Classic. BYU takes on No. 25 Alabama on Friday, Nov. 24 at 12:30 p.m. MST. The game will be available to stream on Stadium College Basketball via Facebook and audio broadcasts can be heard on BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM.

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Kyle Chilton | Posted: 16 Nov 2017 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Kyle Chilton

Cougars look to bounce back vs. Niagara


BYU Game Notes

Niagara Game Notes

BYU basketball will look to get back in the win column when the Cougars host Niagara Tuesday at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center as part of the Barclays Center Classic. Tuesday's game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast live on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143 and 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

BYU Storylines

  • Sophomore Dalton Nixon had his best game in a Cougar uniform against UT Arlington, post career highs of 15 points and eight rebounds while adding one assist and one steal. Nixon hit 5 of 6 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line.
  • TJ Haws and Zac Seljaas are riding streaks of consecutive games with a 3-point field goal, both dating back to their freshman seasons. Haws has hit a 3 in 19-straight games, the 10th-longest streak in BYU history. Seljaas had drained a trey in 13-straight games.
  • BYU has shot 89.8 percent from the free-throw line the last two games, including 92.6 percent (25-27) at Princeton and 86.4 percent (19-22) vs. UT Arlington.

BYU Cougars (2-1, 0-0 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 307-112 (13th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

Niagara Purple Eagles (1-2, 0-0 MAAC)

  • Head Coach: Chris Casey
  • Alma Mater: Western Conn. State, 1986
  • Career Record: 122-169 (12th)
  • Record at Niagara: 33-98 (5th)

Game Information

  • TV: BYUtv
  • TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analyst), Spencer Linton (courtside)
  • Live Video:
  • Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, 102.7 FM/1160 AM
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Stats:

Series Information

  • Series Record: BYU leads 5-2
  • Last Meeting: BYU won 65-62, 11/11/76
  • H/A/N: 2-0/3-1/0-1