No. 18 BYU uses balanced scoring, dominant rebounding, to fight off Texas Southern

Brigham Young Cougars guard Te’Jon Lucas, wearing white, goes up for a breakaway layup and is fouled by Texas Southern Tigers guard PJ Henry, wearing maroon

Brigham Young Cougars guard Te’Jon Lucas (3) goes up for a breakaway layup and is fouled by Texas Southern Tigers guard PJ Henry (3) as BYU and Texas Southern play an NCAA basketball game at the Marriott Center in Provo on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. BYU won 81-64. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Te’Jon Lucas scored 18 points and was one of five Cougars to score in double figures.

It was an uncharacteristically rough shooting night for BYU guard Alex Barcello Wednesday night at the Marriott Center.

But against Texas Southern, the No. 18 Cougars (5-0) proved that they have another talented guard that can score, and that they have a strong inside presence to compensate.

Five BYU players scored in double figures, including a team-high 18 points from guard Te’Jon Lucas in an 81-64 victory over the Tigers.

Lucas also dished out a season-high seven assists and had zero turnovers.

“For (Lucas) to be 7-0 against a physical, feisty, athletic, championship team like this, it’s super impressive,” said coach Mark Pope. “What an unbelievable showing he had.”

Freshman Fousseyni Traore came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds and two blocks while Barcello had 12 points (on 3 of 11 shooting from the floor). Still, despite his shooting woes, Barcello knocked down a Jimmer Fredette-like 3 with 14 seconds remaining in the game.

Gavin Baxter added 11 points and collected four rebounds and Gideon George scored 10 and grabbed a career-high 16 boards.

“Those guys are special. We’re trying to find different ways for them to score. Those guys always do a great job,” Lucas said of the Cougars’ post players. “They’re part of the heart and soul of our team. It showed tonight that …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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