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BYU basketball analysis: How the Cougars ran past the Coppin State Eagles

The BYU Cougars got off to a hot start and never looked back as they knocked off the Coppin State Eagles 96-59 at the Marriott Center on Thursday night.

The Cougars scored the first nine points of the game and 14 of the first 16 on the way to their second win in as many chances.

Eric Mika led four Cougars in double figures with a game-high 18 points on 6 for 8 shooting from the floor and 6 for 7 from the free-throw line with five rebounds and three blocks.

Nick Emery added 13 points and three assists while Yoeli Childs totaled eight points and 15 rebounds off the bench.

TJ Haws and Elijah Bryant also had solid outings in the win with 11 points apiece. Bryant added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Dejuan Clayton paced the Eagles with 11 points and four assists, while Terry Harris Jr. came away with 10 points and nine rebounds.


Why the Cougars won


The Cougars had a terrific night shooting the ball from inside the arc, converting on 65.8 percent of 38 attempts. They also did an impressive job at the free-throw line where they made 19 of 23 shots.


The turning point


The Cougars turned a 16-point halftime lead into a 27-point margin to start the second half, thanks to an 11-0 run. Mika came up huge with nine of the 11 points, while Childs had the other basket.


What it means


The Cougars showed what kind of depth they had as 12 of the 14 players who saw action scored.

It was also a good night to give the starters a rest with no one playing more than 22 minutes in the win.


Grading the performances


BYU

While the Cougars won the game going away, there is still plenty to work on. They turned the ball over far too much, and gave up too many second chances to the aggressive Eagles.

Grade: B

Coppin State

The Eagles had a difficult night shooting the ball from all over the floor, as they hit just 21 of 81 shots, including 5 of 29 from 3-point range and 12 of 24 from the free-throw line.

On the plus side, they were able to produce plenty of second-chance opportunities, thanks to their effort on the offensive glass.

Grade: D


Three telling stats


Even though the Cougars won the rebounding battle 63-39, they were outrebounded 19-12 on the offensive end.

BYU had a good night sharing the ball with 20 assists on 34 made field goals. On the down side, the Cougars also had 22 turnovers.

After producing just 10 points off the bench in the win over Princeton, the Cougars managed 45 points against the Eagles.


Up next


The Cougars are back at home on Saturday night as they square off with Coastal Carolina.

The Chanticleers are 1-2 on the season with losses to Alabama and College of Charleston, followed by a win over Coppin State.

They are led by senior guard Elijah Wilson, who is averaging 15.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. He is joined in the backcourt by Jaylen Shaw, who is averaging 10.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds.

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.