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3 takeaways from the BYU Cougars’ 90-76 victory over the San Francisco Dons

Brigham Young Cougars forward Yoeli Childs (23) drives on San Francisco Dons forward Remu Raitanen (11) in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.
Brigham Young Cougars forward Yoeli Childs (23) drives on San Francisco Dons forward Remu Raitanen (11) in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

PROVO — BYU earned some redemption for its most recent loss two weeks ago to San Francisco, beating the Dons 90-76 Saturday night at the Marriott Center.

Here are three takeaways that defined the game:

  • Yoeli Childs had 32 points (on 14 of 23 shooting), six rebounds and two assists to lead BYU (19-7, 8-3 West Coast Conference), while TJ Haws added 13 points, seven assists and three rebounds. The Cougars had 26 assists on 35 made field goals and shot 55.6% from the field.
  • BYU used a 19-2 run in the first half to turn a 10-8 deficit for the Cougars into a 27-12 advantage. BYU hit three 3-pointers during the run, including two from Haws. The Cougars then scored the final seven points of the first half to go into the break ahead 44-25.
  • Khalil Shabazz and Jamaree Bouyea combined for 55 points in USF’s win over BYU two weeks ago but they scored 16 and 8 points, respectively, on Saturday. The Dons (16-10, 5-6 WCC) also hit 13 3s in their last meeting, yet hit just five in the rematch while turning the ball over 16 times. Jimbo Lull led USF on Saturday with 22 points, as the Dons tried to rally late, cutting the BYU lead to as little as 7 points before the Cougars put the game away with back-to-back 3-pointers from Childs and Jake Toolson.

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