In a rare second consecutive game against the same opponent, BYU and Pepperdine were both hungry for a win, but the Cougars were unable to get the tying bucket as time expired to force overtime. And the Waves took down BYU 76-73 in Malibu in a Wednesday matinee game.
1. BYU may have led the majority of the game, but Pepperdine made its push in the second half: The game saw 10 ties and nine lead changes — all in the second half. It was a stark contrast to the previous matchup against both programs just five days ago, when the Cougars prevented the Waves from scoring in the last 10 minutes of the game.
2. The Cougars were uncharacteristically sloppy: BYU committed 13 turnovers, seven of them in the first half. Luckily for the Cougars, the Waves were only able to score 11 points off BYU turnovers. Pepperdine committed eight turnovers itself throughout the game.
3. Once again, the Cougars’ bench led the way: Of the four BYU players that scored in double-digit points, three were reserves. Spencer Johnson scored a team-high 15 points, Caleb Lohner added 13 points and Richard Harward finished with 10 points. The only BYU starter to score in the double digits was Alex Barcello with 12 points.
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