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3 keys to BYU’s win against Pacific

Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello, wearing white, tries to spin away from Pacific Tigers guard Pierre Crockrell II
Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello (13) tries to spin away from Pacific Tigers guard Pierre Crockrell II (3) as BYU and Pacific play in an NCAA basketball game in Provo at the Marriott Center on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

BYU (13-3, 1-0) defeated Pacific 73-51 in the West Coast Conference opener Thursday night at the Marriott Center.

Here are three keys to the Cougars’ win:

  • BYU scored five points over the final three seconds of the first half on a 3-pointer by Alex Barcello and a steal and score by Spencer Johnson to give the Cougars a 35-31 halftime lead.
  • The Cougars took control over the first five minutes of the second half, thanks in part to 3-pointers by Barcello, Trevin Knell and Te’Jon Lucas. BYU ran away from Pacific over the final 20 minutes to earn a 22-point victory.
  • Freshman Fousseyni Traore recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Barcello finished with 15 points, Lucas and Seneca Knight added 11, and Knell scored 10. In the second half, Pacific made 1 of 10 3-pointers while BYU knocked down 8 of 15.