PROVO, Utah – The BYU Cougars outlasted the Pacific Tigers in double additional time 95-87 within the groups first assembly of the season.
Within the second additional time, BYU put up 20 factors to lastly put away Pacific.
Brandon Averette led the Cougars in scoring with 24 factors. Alex Barcello was proper behind him with 23.
It wasn’t fairly, however the Cougars discovered a method to make sufficient performs defensively to get the win.
A house loss would have been a giant blow to the Cougars probabilities for an at-large bid. As an alternative, they continue to be within the drivers seat for an opportunity to play within the large dance.
Listed below are my three observations.
1. Brandon Averette three level capturing
Averette related on 5 lengthy distance bombs, and BYU wanted each considered one of them. He saved the Cougars alive within the first half, scoring 13 factors when the offense struggled.
The Cougars held a seven level lead with 12 minutes remaining within the first half. BYU then went ice chilly scoring eight factors over the subsequent eight minutes.
Pacific led by one on the break, nevertheless it might have been a lot worse with out the scoring from Averette.
Averette was 5 for eight from the three level line. The remainder of the workforce was six for 21.
For sure, his scoring was the distinction in a a lot wanted win.
2. Alex Barcello attending to the rim
Barcello was in a hunch previous to the sport. After the primary half, it felt just like the hunch was going to proceed.
His three level shot has not been falling in convention play. What did he do within the second half? Barcello stopped hovering on the perimeter and attacked the rim.
He went 5 for six from the sphere within the second half and additional time. His solely miss was his solely three level try within the sport.
Barcello bought to the free throw line as nicely making three of his 4 makes an attempt.
Plain and easy, BYU wants Barcello to attain and he answered the decision after halftime.
3. Free throw capturing
This sport might have ended lots prior to it did if Caleb Lohner was capable of make one free throw on the finish of the second half.
He missed a pair of free throws with two seconds left that might have ended the sport.
It was a stress scenario for a freshman.
He’ll get higher from that second. It’s a superb studying alternative that may push him to get higher.
As a workforce, the Cougars responded from the free throw line within the second additional time making all 9 of their free throw makes an attempt.
Credit score BYU for making free throws down the stretch to place the sport away. A pair extra misses, and who is aware of what the end result would have been.