PROVO — In one of the ugliest games the Marriott Center crowd has seen in a long time, the Pepperdine Waves knocked off BYU, 67-61, Thursday night.

The Waves got off to a hot start and led from wire to wire to come away with the stunning road win. The Cougars had a chance to take their lead with just over a minute remaining, but Tyler Haws missed a step-back jumper from just inside the 3-point line.

Pepperdine's Stacy Davis did plenty of damage in coming off the bench with 23 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Jeremy Major added 14 points while Jett Raines chipped in with 10.

Haws led the Cougars with 26 points and six rebounds on a night where the BYU offense struggled mightily. The Cougars made 24 of 63 shots from the floor (38.1 percent), including just 6 of 26 from distance (23.1 percent).


While the guard line contributed 54 of the Cougars' 61 points, it didn't have a great night. In a game where shots weren't dropping and attacking the rim was key, the guards combined to shoot six free throws. Haws and Anson Winder were the only players to get it going offensively for the Cougars. Haws shot 11 for 22 from the floor and made both his free throws, while Winder registered 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Kyle Collinsworth played only 25 minutes and struggled. He totaled four points on just 1 of 8 shooting from the floor to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Chase Fischer didn't shoot the ball well either. He finished with eight points on 3 for 9 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 6 from beyond the arc.

Grade: D


Luke Worthington played 17 minutes and played hard. He had one point on 1 of 2 shooting from the free-throw line, but didn't attempt a shot in the run of play. He added a rebound and a turnover while collecting three fouls. While BYU doesn't need Worthington to be an offensive force; it needs him to hit the glass and finish around the rim. Neither happened against the Waves.

Grade: C-


The Cougars got very little help from the bench with just six points in 55 combined minutes on the floor. Corbin Kaufusi made the most contributions with two points, four rebounds and a block. Frank Bartley IV added two points and two rebounds while Isaac Nielson had two points and a rebound. Skyler Halford chipped in with two assists and two rebounds, but went scoreless.

Grade: D


The Cougar coaches couldn't find any answers in the costly loss. No defensive matchup was found to stop Davis. The offense struggled as much as any game this season, yet the Cougars still settled for far too many outside or contested looks. No place was that more evident than when the Cougars had a chance to take the lead late in the game. Instead of drawing up a play to get a shot going to the rim or get a clean look, Haws settled for a difficult step-back jumper that didn't fall.

Grade: C-


After a dominating performance on the road, the Cougars came back Provo and laid a huge egg. They came out flat and never got the ball rolling. The Cougar guards settled far too often for outside shots when there were driving lanes to get to the rim and draw contact. They chose to shoot when the extra pass would have led to an uncontested layup. Home losses are hard to handle, but home losses to inferior competition when a team has plenty of chances to get it done are nearly impossible to stomach. Especially when it could do significant damage to a team's NCAA tournament hopes.

Grade: D

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