BYU beats Texas Southern 73-52 behind balanced team play
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball beat Texas Southern 73-52 behind balanced team play Saturday night at the Marriott Center to close out the nonconference portion of its schedule. The Cougars have now won eight-straight games.
“I saw a lot of growth in our team that was a little mentally and physically tired from this week,” Dave Rose said. “What usually comes easily for us didn't come easily tonight, but our guys still hung in there. They played together and we had help from our bench. We did a lot of things tonight that can really pay off down the road when you are competing for a conference championship.”
Yoeli Childs added a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds. TJ Haws collected 11 points and Elijah Bryant dished out a game-high five assists. Zac Seljaas had nine points and Payton Dastrup added six boards in the win.
Luke Worthington scored four of the first seven points for BYU (11-2) as the Cougars took a 7-5 advantage just over four minutes into the game.
A Seljaas 3-pointer and Haws jumper extended the lead to eight, 19-11, against Texas Southern (0-13). The Tigers countered, however, with an 8-0 run to even the score at 19-all.
Texas Southern began to work the glass, helping the Tigers take a 28-24 lead with two minutes left in the half.
A trey and jumper from Jahshire Hardnett then pushed BYU on a 7-0 scoring run before halftime, as the Cougars led 31-28.
Haws and Bryant drove to the rim to collect a pair of buckets after the break, putting BYU up 38-33.
A turn-around Seljaas jumper extended the Cougar lead to double digits at 45-35, prompting a timeout from the Tigers with 12:25 remaining.
Childs then completed a three-point play to make it 60-46, giving BYU its first double-digit scorer of the night.
Childs continued to post up shots in the paint, scoring back-to-back-to-back buckets to make it 73-51 before the Cougars eventually took the game moments later 73-52.
BYU stays at the Marriott Center next, facing Portland Thursday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. MST, to begin West Coast Conference play. The game will be televised nationally on BYUtv as well as BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143, the BYU Sports Network and 1160 AM/102.7 FM.