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Quick observations: BYU’s inside game too much for Coppin State in Cougars’ 96-59 win

PROVO — BYU had little trouble improving to 2-0 on the season Thursday night, rolling to a 96-59 victory over Coppin State at the Marriott Center.

Here’s a few quick observations from the Cougars’ victory:

Mika, Childs a dangerous inside duo

The Eagles’ tallest player on their roster is 6-foot-9, and BYU made them pay for the height discrepancy.

Eric Mika had 11 points in the first half en route to an 18-point, five-rebound effort. And that came in only 15 minutes of play, as the Cougars used the game to give their younger players plenty of experience.

Yoeli Childs was one of those younger players who saw significant time, and he impressed in his 20 minutes. Childs ended the night with eight points, a game-high 15 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot, showing off the athleticism that makes BYU fans excited for his future.

Yoeli Childs (@yochilds22) with an impressive night for @BYUbasketball in 96-59 win over Coppin State: 15 reb., 8 pts., 3 assists, 1 block

— Brandon Judd (@brandonljudd) November 18, 2016

Bryant impresses

Sophomore guard Elijah Bryant has been slowed in the early part of the season with a knee injury. But against Coppin State, he showed potential for what he can bring to the floor.

After scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds in the first half, he finished strong in the second and ended the night with 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes. That included a 5-for-5 effort from the free-throw line, and he and Childs seemed to work well when they were on the floor together.

If he can contribute lines like this against tougher competition, it will bolster the Cougars’ guard lineup.

.@Elijah_Bryant3 had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for @BYUbasketball tonight, including this and-1 transition layup

— Brandon Judd (@brandonljudd) November 18, 2016

Cougars sloppy with turnovers

It ultimately didn’t cost BYU in a lopsided victory, but the Cougars committed a high amount of turnovers with 22. That included 13 in the first half. Against tougher opponents, that could doom BYU. But against the Coppin State, playing its second straight game after playing on the East Coast on Wednesday, it didn’t cost BYU. The Cougars attributed the turnovers to trying to share the ball, but it’s a learning moment for the young team.

11-0 run to start second half seals it for the Cougars

BYU already led by 18 at halftime up 48-32, but the Cougars salted away their second game of the season by scoring the first 11 points of the second half. It was an all-inside scoring run for BYU, with seven points from Mika and four from Childs.

The Lone Peak trio running strong

Like the Cougars’ win over Princeton in the season-opener, BYU was paced by its three former Knights. In addition to Mika’s night, Nick Emery had 13 points and three assists in fewer minutes, 22, than he’d usually play. T.J. Haws added 11 points, including eight early on, as the Cougars built a double-digit lead and five rebounds with one assist.