BYU at San Francisco Postgame Notes
Yoeli Childs registered his fifth double-double of the season with 23 points and 17 rebounds, setting a new career high in points and rebounds. His 17 boards were tied for the second most by a BYU freshman (Mark Handy, 1973). He also added three blocks and passed Russell Larson for second in blocks as a freshman at BYU with 43.
Eric Mika scored 12 points to extend his streak to 28 games in double figures. He also blocked two shots in the first half, giving him multiple blocks in 16 games this year and nine of his last 10 games. Mika has at least one block in all but four games this season.
TJ Haws reached double-figure scoring for the 20th time this season with 17 points. He hit three triples, giving him at least three treys in a game for the 13th time this season. Haws added five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Elijah Bryant set a career high with two blocks to go along with his 11 points.
The Cougar defense held the Dons scoreless in the first half for over six minutes during an 11-0 BYU run. San Francisco was 0 for 10 during the stretch. For the game, the Cougars held San Francisco to 24.7 percent shooting, allowing the Dons to make just 18 of 73 shots.
BYU put together a block party with eight blocks, a new season high. Three different players registered multiple blocks, including Childs (3), Mika (2) and Bryant (2). Payton Dastrup added one more.
Four players scored in double figures. Childs led with 23, Haws had 17, Mika had 12 and Bryant added 11. The Cougars improved to 10-4 when at least four players hit double-digit scoring.
Head coach Dave Rose
“I felt like tonight the things that we really talked about, the things we watched on film sessions and the determination that we had all kind of showed tonight. We were much better defensively together and connected together.”
“[San Francisco] got discouraged. I thought Eric and Yoeli were really good protecting the basket and causing them to change shots that they missed.”
“I think that the guys found a better place to be in this game and hopefully the guys can build on that. Hopefully things stay the same and we don’t have something else as far as personnel is concerned that causes us to have to adjust again. I do think that these guys tonight made a real step forward for what we need to see and how we need to get better as far as February and March are concerned.”
Forward Yoeli Childs
"[San Francisco] is a very good team. They are young like we are too but they are really good. They shoot the ball really well so that was one of the things we tried to emphasize in running them off the 3-point line. I don’t know how many they shot, probably a lot. That’s what they do. We had to contest those shots and help out at the rim."
"I just wanted to be aggressive. The coaches have given me a lot of confidence the last few days. They told me keep shooting the ball. They said if you’re missing a bunch in a row go to the rim or pass it but if your shots are falling just keep being aggressive and we believe in you. That gave me a lot of confidence."
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