Bryant and Childs push BYU past Pacific, 80-65
PROVO, Utah – Elijah Bryant and Yoeli Childs combined for 54 points in BYU's 80-65 win over Pacific Saturday night at the Marriott Center.
"Both teams competed hard tonight," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "I'm just proud of the guys for finding a way to win."
Childs poured in 20 of his 26 points in the second half as the Cougars gained late momentum. Bryant missed just one shot (8 of 9) en route to 28 points.
The Cougars improved to 18-5, 7-3 (West Coast Conference) and snapped a two-game losing streak against Pacific (10-13 5-5), going back to last year.
The teams traded blows and BYU trailed 11-10 heading into the game's first timeout four minutes in.
Pacific took over the next five minutes and led 20-12 before Payton Dastrup hit a 3-pointer and Bryant completed a 3-point play on the next possession.
Childs' putback with six minutes left in the half tied the game at 24-24. A minute later, Childs threw down an alley-oop with one hand to put the Cougars up 26-25.
Pacific hit a 3 in the final minute and led 33-30 at halftime. Bryant had a team-best 12 points.
The Tigers got off to a strong start in the second half, but BYU clawed back and tied the score at 38-38 with a highly-contested Bryant lay-in. After another Pacific run, Bryant buried a 3 to make it 44-44 with 13:34 on the clock.
Dalton Nixon completed a 3-point play to put the Cougars up 47-44. A couple of possessions later, Childs scored to make it a 13-2 run and 52-46 lead for BYU.
Childs swished two free throws and made it a 65-59 Cougar lead with just over three minutes left to play. He threw down a dunk while being fouled the next time down the court. Once again, he was good from the line for a 68-59 lead.
After a Tiger flagrant foul, TJ Haws made both free throws for BYU's biggest lead of the game up to that point at 70-59. The Cougars cruised from there for the 15-point win.
The Cougars play next at LMU on Thursday at 8 p.m. PST. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet Rocket Mountain and a radio broadcast will be available at BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and KSL (1160 AM and 102.7 FM). Live stream links are on the schedule page.
BYU will be back in the Marriott Center Saturday to host Pacific at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center.
Saturday's game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast live on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143 and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
- Sophomore forward Yoeli Childs posted four blocks at Saint Mary’s on Thursday, his fourth-straight game and 15th this season with multiple blocks. In the last four games, Childs has totaled 13 blocks and for the season he has 47. Childs is third in the WCC in blocks and has moved up to 10th all-time in blocks at BYU.
- Sophomore guard TJ Haws has found his range from downtown as he has connected on 13 of 24 (54.2 percent) from 3-point range over the last four games. His season 3-point field goal percentage has improved from 31.2 percent to 36.6 percent over the last two weeks.
- From Jan. 6 to Jan. 25, Elijah Bryant made 29-consecutive free throws. That is the seventh-longest streak of consecutive free-throw attempts without a miss in BYU history. The longest streak of 50 was set by Tyler Haws.
BYU Cougars (17-5, 6-3 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Division I Career Record: 322-116 (13th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Pacific Tigers (10-12, 5-4 WCC)
- Head Coach: Damon Stoudamire
- Alma Mater: Arizona, 2008
- Career Record: 21-34 (2nd)
- Record at Pacific: Same
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Steve Cleveland (analyst), Spencer Linton (courtside)
- Live Video: BYUtv.org
- Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, 102.7 FM/1160 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Terry Nashif (analyst)
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
- Series Record: BYU lead 9-6
- Last Meeting: Pacific won 67-66, 1/6/18
- H/A/N: 4-2/4-3/1-1