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3 keys to BYU’s win over in-state foe Westminster

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Brigham Young Cougars forward Fousseyni Traore (45) blocks Westminster Griffins guard Taylor Miller (3).

Brigham Young Cougars forward Fousseyni Traore (45) blocks Westminster Griffins guard Taylor Miller (3) as BYU and Westminster play at the Marriott Center in Provo on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

BYU (12-3) wrapped up its nonconference schedule Wednesday night with a 65-53 victory over in-state foe Westminster at the Marriott Center.

Here are three keys to the Cougars’ win:

  • BYU shot only 43% overall from the floor but hit 14 of 31 3-pointers.

  • Gideon George scored a game-high 17 points, including 5 of 8 from 3, and he grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Hunter Erickson scored a career-high 10 points while Trevin Knell added 11, Te’Jon Lucas chipped in 10 and Alex Barcello had 9.
  • The Cougars went through a six-minute scoring drought in the first half but ended up leading by as many as 21 (63-42) in the second half.