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3 keys in the BYU Cougars' 75-70 overtime road win against the Pepperdine Waves


MALIBU, Calif. — The BYU Cougars outlasted the Pepperdine Waves in overtime Thursday night on the road, winning 75-70.

Turning point: With the game tied at 68 and less than 50 seconds to go, Elijah Bryant converted a 3-point play and the Cougars hung on from there.

The hero: Bryant led all scorers with 25 points, including the clutch ones down the stretch in the extra session.

3 keys:

• BYU did just enough on a night when neither side led by more than four in the second half.

• Bryant was the only player on either side to score more than 20 points, with the Waves being led by Trae Berhow’s 12.

• The Cougars made seven more free throws than Pepperdine.

Cougars almanac: 21-7, Won 3

Next 3:

Saturday, Feb. 17 at San Diego (16-10), 2 p.m. MST

Thursday, Feb. 22 at Portland (10-17), 9 p.m. MST

Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. Gonzaga (24-4), 6 p.m. MST