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3 keys to BYU’s 66-60 win over San Diego State

Here are the key reasons BYU defeated San Diego State in the Marriott Center Friday

BYU forward Fousseyni Traore pulls the ball away from SDSU’s Trey Pulliam during game at the Marriott Center in Provo.
Brigham Young Cougars forward Fousseyni Traore (45) pulls the ball away from San Diego State Aztecs guard Trey Pulliam (4) during a men’s basketball game at the Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. BYU won 66-60.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

BYU defeated San Diego State 66-60 in the Marriott Center Friday night to extend its early season record to 2-0.

Here are three keys to BYU’s win.

  • BYU made clutch free throws in the final minutes while nursing a 63-58 lead. Te’Jon Lucan hit all four of his attempts and Caleb Lohner hit one of two to put BYU ahead by the final score 66-60. For the game, BYU hit 18 of 23 from the free throw line for 78 percent while the Aztecs went 9 of 19 for 47 percent.
  • The Cougars outscored San Diego State 17-10 on second-chance points with Lohner and freshman Foussseyni Traore grabbing eight rebounds each, many of them on the offensive end to keep possessions alive.
  • In a defensive battle, BYU’s smaller lineup blocked four shots to San Diego State’s one. Both teams had 11 turnovers and shot 39 percent from the field. BYU had only a four rebound advantage (42-38) over the Aztecs.