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3 keys to BYU’s 82-71 win over Utah State

The No. 24 ranked Cougars won their 10th consecutive game against the rival Aggies.

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Brigham Young Cougars forward Fousseyni Traore (45) battles Utah State Aggies center Trevin Dorius (32) for the ball as BYU and Utah State play an NCAA basketball game in Provo at the Marriott Center on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

No. 24 BYU defeated in-state rival Utah State 82-71 Wednesday night at the Marriott Center. It marks the Cougars’ 10th consecutive win over the Aggies. 

Here are three keys to the Cougars’ win:

  • BYU hit 11 3-pointers, including three by Trevin Knell, who scored a season-high 13 points. 
  • The Cougars led by as many as 20 in the second half only to watch USU whittle the deficit down to seven with one minute remaining. BYU hit 6 of 6 free throws in the final minute.  
  • While Justin Bean scored a game-high 20 points for the Aggies, Alex Barcello finished with 17 while Te’Jon Lucas and Fousseyni Traore each had 14. Traore was 8 of 8 from the free throw line on the night.