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Barcello leads BYU in historic rout of No. 12 Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. – Alex Barcello led BYU with 25 points as BYU men’s basketball dealt No. 12 Oregon a resounding 81-49 defeat in the Phil Knight Invitational at the Moda Center on Tuesday night.
"We're super excited about the result tonight," said BYU head coach Mark Pope. "I'm super proud of our guys. I thought it was a great effort as a group. We're excited to keep trying to get better."
- Per ESPN Stats, BYU became the first unranked team to beat a top-15 ranked team by 30 or more away from home since Nov. 29, 1993.
- The 32-point win is BYU’s largest ever margin of victory over a ranked team.
- Alex Barcello shot 9-of-11 from the field, 4-of-6 from three, on route to scoring a season-high 25 points.
- Barcello went 3-of-3 from the free throw line and has now made 38 consecutive dating back to a win over Pacific in Feb. 2021. With his converted free throws versus Oregon, Barcello passed Jimmer Fredette’s March 2010 free throw streak for the third-longest in program history; 13-shy of the record set by Tyler Haws.
- Te’Jon Lucas was the Cougars’ second-leading scorer with 12 points on 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-3 from three and three assists.
- Spencer Johnson and Fousseyni Traore recorded double figures, each with 10 points. Traore recorded six rebounds and two blocks.
- As a team, BYU shot 60 percent for the game and 41 percent from three while holding the Ducks to 32 percent from the field and 21 percent from three.
The Cougars shook-off some early empty possessions and raced out to a 17-9 lead fueled by offensive rebounds, assists and suffocating defense.
BYU quickly established a presence in the paint, with Caleb Lohner and Traore scoring on early feeds into the low post.
Barcello nailed an NBA-range 3-pointer to put BYU up 11-6. Spencer Johnson scored his first points of the game with a put-back lay-in following a Traore miss. Te’Jon Lucas drew the defense away from Traore on the following possession and dished to the freshman forward for an easy lay-up.
Sequences such as these helped BYU shoot 57 percent from the field in the first half and 44 percent from distance.
Nine BYU assists and 18 rebounds helped the Cougars sustain possessions on offense, while the defense held the Ducks to 19 percent shooting from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range. Oregon made just five first-half field goals.
The Cougars followed-up a 37-18 halftime lead with continued offensive efficiency.
Barcello and Lucas combined to score on the Cougars first six straight second-half possessions. Following a reverse lay-in early in the half, Barcello had scored on all eight of his attempts in the game to that point.
Rebounds and points in the paint continued to power the Cougar attack as the second half wore on. Following a steal from Gavin Baxter, two BYU offensive rebounds set up Seneca Knight for lay up that pushed the Cougar lead to 56-36.
For the game, BYU outrebounded Oregon 42-34 and outscored the Ducks 42-28 in the paint. The Cougars also scored 21 points off 13 forced turnovers.
While Oregon responded with two 3-pointers and trips to the free throw line, BYU quickly responded with a 3-pointer from Barcello and tip-in from Baxter on consecutive possessions.
The Cougars put the exclamation mark on their performance when Lucas lobbed an Oregon turnover ahead to Johnson who delivered a behind-the-back pass to Gideon George for a highlight-reel play punctuated with a slam dunk.
BYU emptied the bench late, allowing young guards Trey Stewart, Casey Brown, Hunter Erickson and Nate Hansen into the game. The BYU bench outscored Oregon's overall 33-6.
BYU returns home to take on Central Methodist at the Marriott Center on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. MST. View the matchup between the Cougars and Eagles live on BYUtv or listen live on BYU Radio, KSL News Radio and the BYU Sports Network.
BYU Faces No. 12 Oregon on Tuesday in Phil Knight Invitational
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball hits the road for the first time this season on Tuesday when the Cougars face No. 12 Oregon at the Phil Knight Invitational at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MST.
Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast on ESPN. It will also be broadcast live on BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
BYU Notes (2-0, 0-0 West Coast Conference)
- BYU picked up three victories during the opening week of the season, two of those coming on the court. Following a 69-59 victory over Cleveland State in the season opener on Tuesday, four-star recruit Collin Chandler from Farmington High School signed with Cougars on Wednesday. The momentum continued to Friday’s game against San Diego State where more than 4,000 students in the ROC helped propel BYU to a 66-60 victory over the Aztecs in a frenetic environment.
- Alex Barcello continues to lead the Cougar offense as the senior guard from Chandler Ariz. Is averaging 20.5 points per game following his 17-point performance against the Aztecs. He is shooting 68.6 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from 3-point range and 100.0 percent from the free throw line. He has hit 35 consecutive free throws, 15-shy of the program-record set by Tyler Haws in 2012. His current stretch has him at No. 4 all time.
- Te’Jon Lucas reached double figures for the first time as a Cougar on Friday, finishing with 13 points. The senior was only 2-of-12 from the field but was a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.
- Fousseyni Traore doesn’t play like a freshman as the Wasatch Academy product is averaging 7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game off the bench for the Cougars. He was instrumental in Friday’s victory finishing with 9 points and 8 rebounds in 27 minutes of action. He's gotten a big bump in minutes with starting center Richard Harward being sidelined.
- The Cougars make a trip to Oregon for a nonconference game for the first time since facing the Ducks in Eugene, Oregon. on Dec. 21, 2014.
- Spencer Johnson’s little brother, Isaac, is a freshman center for the Ducks. The younger Johnson has appeared in both games this season after returning from his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ohio.
Head Coach – Mark Pope
- Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
- Division I Career Record: 123-71 (7th Season)
- Record at BYU: 46-15 (3rd Season)
No. 12 Oregon Notes (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
- Oregon went 2-0 in the opening weekend with wins over Texas Southern and SMU at the Matthew Knight Arena.
- The Ducks are currently ranked 12th in the AP Poll and 12th in the NABC Coaches Poll.
- Through two games, Oregon is scoring 84.5 points per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. They have five players averaging in double figures scoring.
- Will Richardson is the leading scorer for the Ducks through two games as the Hinesville, Georgia. native is scoring 19.0 points per contest. He has been deadly from 3-point range, connecting on 8 of 13 attempts from beyond the arc.
- Junior college transfer Rivaldo Soares has made an immediate impact for the Ducks on the glass with a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game. The NJCAA All-American out of South Plains College had 10 points and 7 rebounds, two of those on the offensive end, in Friday’s win over SMU.
Head Coach – Dana Altman
- Alma Mater: Eastern New Mexico, 1980
- Division I Record: 692-353 (33rd season)
- Record at Oregon: 282-110 (12th season)
- Series Record: 9-14
- Last Meeting: Oregon won 87-68, March 20, 2014
- H/A/N: 7-3/1-8/1-3
- TV: ESPN
- TV Talent: Roxy Bernstein, Sean Farnham
- Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM
- Streamed Audio: BYURadio.org, BYUCougars.com/LiveRadio and the BYU Radio, BYU Cougars and BYU Gameday apps
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live stats: BYUCougars.com