BYU cuts Texas down to end two-game slide, 84-72

BYU cuts Texas down to end two-game slide, 84-72

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – BYU is a team that likes to shoot 35 three-pointers per game, so Texas made sure they weren’t going to lose by the Cougars making a ton of shots from beyond the arc.

However, the Longhorns didn’t count on the Cougars backdoor cutting them to death.

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#21 BYU shot a season-low 17 three-pointers, making seven, but shot 64 percent from the floor in an 84-72 victory over Texas Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center.

Noah Waterman and Jaxson Robinson scored 17 points apiece to lead the Cougars in scoring.

Dave Rose is feeling great, and impressed with BYU

Fousseyni Traore had 16 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots, and Richie Saunders and Spencer Johnson added 11 points apiece as the Cougars (15-5, 3-4 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak. BYU outscored Texas 40-26 in the paint.

“They had a game plan that they were really committed to,” said BYU head coach Mark Pope. “They said they weren’t going to let you beat us the way you wanted to, and I was really happy with the way we responded.”

The Cougars had 16 assists on 32 made baskets, eight by center Aly Khalifa.

“Aly was passing the rock really well,” Waterman said. “When we play out of Aly, it’s really fun. We just kind of exposed them with backdoors and late cuts.”

Dylan Disu led the Longhorns with 19 points. Chendall Weaver added 15 points and Max Abmas 12. Texas (14-6, 3-4) scored 17 points off 15 BYU turnovers, yet trailed the entire second half.

BYU broke open a close game with hot shooting in the second half. The Cougars made nine consecutive baskets to build a 72-55 lead with 8:30 remaining. Robinson and Traore each had three baskets in the run.

“Things don’t always go our way, but I think tonight we were really dialed in just in the aspect of defense,” Robinson said. “Transition defense, defensive rebounding, that was our main focus, and it just led to more offensive points.”

Texas never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

BYU outscored Texas 18-0 in the paint in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Cougars attacked the rim and went on a 12-2. Saunders capped the outburst with a dunk off a steal, giving BYU a 26-21 lead.

Robinson accounted for three of five baskets in a later 11-2 run that extended the Cougars’ lead to 41-31. Texas countered with five straight baskets, punctuated by a jumper from Abmas, cutting the deficit to a point at 42-41 just before halftime.

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“I was really proud of these guys, because every single media timeout in the second half, that’s all they wanted to talk about was what they were going to do on the defensive end,” Pope said. “They were going to win this game on the defensive end of the floor.”

BYU did not settle for simply tossing up deep 3-pointers early in the shot clock, and instead worked to create higher percentage shots. It helped the Cougars find an early rhythm on offense.

BYU next visits West Virginia on Saturday.

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