Nixon’s career game leads BYU to 83-50 win over UNLV
SALT LAKE CITY – Dalton Nixon scored a career-high 17 points to lead BYU men’s basketball to an 83-50 victory over former conference foe UNLV at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday.
"We work hard to shoot the ball," BYU head coach Mark Pope said. "Guys were working to get other shots and were really unselfish. Our defense was super good. We handled things in transition and we really protected the rim well."
Nixon made five of his seven attempts from the field while scoring all three of his 3-point tries to score a game-high 17 points. Yoeli Childs recorded his first double-double of the season scoring 13 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Alex Barcello and Connor Harding both reached double figures in scoring with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Barcello knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing on the first offensive possession of the game to put the Cougars on the board first. Barcello continued his strong start, finding a trailing Kolby Lee for a fast-break layup before making his second basket from behind the arc to give BYU (7-4) an 8-5 lead over UNLV (4-7).
The Cougars remained hot from distance as Harding made back-to-back treys. After a jump shot from Childs found its way into the basket, Harding scored his third 3-pointer of the half. Barcello capped off a 13-2 BYU run with a jumper to make the score 21-8 with 11:22 remaining in the period.
Nixon and Trevin Knell joined in on the Cougars’ 3-point barrage as the pair each scored from downtown. Childs added a 3-pointer of his own before throwing down a dunk to extend the Cougars’ lead to 20 points, 37-17, with 5:24 on the clock.
After a corner 3-pointer from Zac Seljaas, six BYU players had combined for nine 3s in the first half. Jake Toolson faked out a Rebel defender in the post as he hit a fadeaway jumper in the key and Barcello made a backdoor layup to help give the Cougars their largest halftime lead of the season, 46-25.
Childs had a near double-double at the break with nine points and nine boards. Barcello and Harding led both teams in scoring with 10 points apiece while TJ Haws led the team at the half with five assists – he finished with a season-high seven. BYU shot an outstanding 60.7 percent from the floor and 69.2 percent from behind the arc through the first 20 minutes.
The Cougars continued to let it fly from 3-point land as Nixon and Haws drained treys from the top of the arc to open the second half. Barcello and Seljaas each scored a transition 3-pointer of their own to make the score 58-31.
Childs scored three points the old fashioned way after converting an and-one play. Nixon scored six-straight points for BYU and Toolson spun down the lane for an easy layup to help the Cougars outscore the Rebels 13-0 to increase their lead to 71-33 with 9:13 left in the game.
UNLV answered with a run of its own, outscoring BYU 11-3 to trail the Cougars 74-44 with five minutes remaining.
Nixon closed out the final minutes making his third 3-pointer of the game and scoring a basket in the post as BYU cruised to the 83-50 victory.
The Cougars will return home to host Nevada in the Marriott Center on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU and radio broadcasts will be available on BYU Radio Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM. Tickets can be purchased on byutickets.com.
PROVO, Utah – BYU will renew an old conference rivalry when the Cougars play UNLV at Vivint Smart Home Arena Saturday at 1 p.m. MST.
BYU's game at Utah will be televised live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org and the BYUtv App. The game with also be broadcast live on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
Saturday's game is included in the 2019-20 season ticket package. Single-game tickets can be purchased at VivintArena.com/Tickets.
- Senior forward Yoeli Childs made his 2019-20 season debut against Utah and got off to a hot start, scoring 29 points on 12 of 16 shooting from the field. He made his first five shots, including three 3-pointers, to score 13 of BYU’s first 20 points. Childs now has 34 career games with 20-plus points.
- Senior guard Jake Toolson has made a 3-point field goal in every game this season, including three 3-pointers in each of the last three games. Over the last two games, Toolson has hit 16 of 25 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range and is averaging 22.0 points per game.
- BYU is playing at Vivint Smart Home Arena for the 14th-straight season. The Cougars have won their last 13 games at the home of the Jazz.
BYU Cougars (6-4, 0-0 WCC)
- Head Coach: Mark Pope
- Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
- Division I Career Record: 83-60 (5th)
- Record at BYU: 6-4 (1st)
UNLV Rebels (4-6, 0-0 Mountain West)
- Head Coach: T.J. Otzelberger
- Alma Mater: Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2001
- Career Record: 74-39 (4th)
- Record at UNLV: 4-6 (1st)
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analyst), Spencer Linton (courtside)
- Live Video: BYUtv.org and the BYUtv App
- Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
- Series Record: 16-19
- Last Meeting: UNLV won 92-90, 12/15/18
- H/A/N: 11-4/5-14/0-1