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3 keys in the BYU Cougars’ 95-87 double overtime win over the Pacific Tigers

Brigham Young Cougars guard Brandon Averette (4) sinks a three over Pacific Tigers during double overtime at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021.
Brigham Young Cougars guard Brandon Averette (4) sinks a three over Pacific Tigers during double overtime at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

In an intense, back-and-forth battle most of the night, the BYU Cougars finally pulled away from the Pacific Tigers in double overtime Saturday night at the Marriott Center in Provo and ultimately won, 95-87.

Here are three keys from the game.

  • After a second half and first overtime that saw neither team get a lead larger than four points, BYU scored the first five of the second extra session to gain some separation. The Cougars scored 20 in all over the final five minutes and the Tigers couldn’t keep pace.
  • The BYU backcourt of Brandon Averette and Alex Barcello combined for 47 points on the night, including 11 in double overtime. Averette scored 24 on the night and Barcello 23.
  • On the night, the Cougars won the rebounding, assists and steals battles to help them come away with the victory.