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Cougars nail 16 3-pointers, run away from Weber State 89-71
OGDEN, Utah – BYU men’s basketball shot 62 percent from deep and ran away in the second half for an 89-71 win over Weber State at the Dee Events Center on Saturday night.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” said BYU head coach Mark Pope. “We’ve played five of the last six games on the road. This is an explosive Weber State team that started 8-0. For our guys to come in here and win is super impressive.”
The Cougars led 41-33 to begin the second half, when Weber State ripped into the deficit with a 11-3 run to tie the game for the only time on the night.
BYU quickly shut down the Wildcats’ momentum with an 10-3 run of its own as Alex Barcello nailed two 3-pointers and Te’Jon Lucas dug up a loose ball and pushed it ahead to Gideon George for the dunk.
Moments later, George dished the ball to Fousseyni Traore for a one-handed slam that put the Cougars up 54-46.
The early second-half response proved crucial, as the Cougars plowed the rest of the way with a game-high lead of 22 at 87-65.
As a team, BYU made 16 3-pointers; the third-best single-game mark in program history.
Despite scoring his first points with just 2:38 remaining in the first half, Barcello put up 18 in the second half on his way to 23 for the night. The senior from Chandler, Ariz. shot 5-of-6 from deep and seven-of-13 from the field.
Barcello was one of just four Cougars to score in double-figures, with Seneca Knight recording a BYU career-high 14 points, 13 from Spencer Johnson and 11 from Trevin Knell.
Knight scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half alone, giving the Cougars a potent spark off the bench early. Knell tied a career-high with five rebounds and Caleb Lohner posted nine points and eight rebounds.
For the game, BYU outshot Weber State 49-41 percent and 62-28 percent from 3-point range.
Weber State enjoyed a size mismatch in the frontcourt, the Cougars still managed to outrebound the Wildcats 38-27.
The Wildcats led in the game’s early moments until Lucas and Knell took the lid off the bucket with three-straight possessions ending in 3-pointers.
Knight came off the bench and not only made his mark from deep but rebounded the ball effectively, following missed jumpers with lay-ins off the glass to give the Cougars critical second-chance points.
Weber State was led by 20 points from forward Dillon Jones as WSU scored 20 points off 14 BYU turnovers.
With the win over Weber State, the Mark Pope-led Cougars continue to have never lost back-to-back regular season games.
The Cougars return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 22 in the first of three games at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
BYU back in action on Saturday to face Weber State in Ogden
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 18, with a trip to Ogden to face the Wildcats of Weber State. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.
Saturday’s contest will be broadcast on KJZZ and ESPN+. It will also be broadcast live on BYU Sports Network on the BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
BYU Notes (8-2, 0-0 West Coast Conference)
- Following an 82-71 setback to Creighton at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. last Saturday, BYU returns to action with the fourth of five in-state games this season.
- The Cougars have never lost consecutive regular season games under third-year head coach Mark Pope.
- Alex Barcello scored a season-high 28 points against the Bluejays, marking the 15th time in his career he has scored 20 or more points. The senior guard from Chandler, Ariz. has scored in double figures in 13 straight games dating back to last season after setting a career-high in field goals and field goal attempts.
- Gideon George had 11 rebounds against Creighton, making him the first Cougar to have double digit rebounds off the bench since Caleb Lohner on Dec. 12, 2020 against Utah.
Head Coach – Mark Pope
- Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
- Division I Career Record: 129-73 (7th Season)
- Record at BYU: 52-17 (3rd Season)
Weber State Notes (9-2, 2-0 Big Sky)
- Weber State enters Saturday’s game at 9-2 overall and 2-0 in Big Sky following a 15-point loss to Utah State on Wednesday evening. The Wildcats won their first eight games of the season, their best start since 1985-86 when they started the season with 10 straight victories.
- Dillon Jones ranks second in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (8.6/game) and double-doubles (7). The reigning Big Sky Freshman of the Year is averaging 12.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game shooting 59.3 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from three and 78.4 percent from the free throw line.
- Koby McEwen is the leading scorer for the Wildcats at 16.5 points per game. The Toronto, Canada native has scored in double figures in 10 of 11 starts including a season-high 30 in a win over Ball State on Nov. 19.
Head Coach – Randy Rahe
- Alma Mater: Buena Vista, 1982
- Career Record: 304-181 (16th season)
- Record at Weber State: 304-181 (16th season)
- Series Record: BYU leads 33-11
- Last Meeting: BYU won 87-79, December 23, 2020
- H/A/N: 21-0/10-11/2-0
- TV: KJZZ, ESPN+
- TV Talent: Dave Fox, Lance Allred, Tim LaComb
- 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: Jason Shepherd, Mark Durrant
- Live stats: BYUCougars.com