It was downright ugly at times, but BYU managed to keep Pepperdine at bay to defeat the Waves 65-54 Saturday at the Marriott Center.
1. Alex Barcello had his worst game at BYU: The senior was unable to make any field goals (0 of 7) against Pepperdine and even lost a tooth in the battle. However, Barcello did manage six assists and four points from the charity stripe (4 of 4). Barcello has not missed a shot from the free throw line all season.
2. Pepperdine’s Colbey Ross heated up in the second half, but fell short of comeback: The Pepperdine’s guard didn’t attempt a single shot the first 11 minutes of the game, but finished with a game-high 21 points on 7 of 16 shooting from the field and 6 of 6 from the free throw line.
3. The Cougars started hot and later went cold: Within the first few minutes of the game, BYU was making more than 60% of its shots from the field, but then had trouble finding the basket. The Cougars dipped down into the high 30% range, finishing the game having made 38% of their field goals.