BYU cruises past Northern Arizona, 84-54

Christian Petersen

The Cougars took advantage of the turnover-prone Lumberjacks, while a big game from Brandon Davies hid another poor shooting night.

The BYU Cougars took advantage of 24 Northern Arizona turnovers en route to an 84-54 victory over the Lumberjacks in the Marriott Center on Thursday night.

Brandon Davies had a monster game, scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 26 minutes of play. The big man shot 13-16 from the field to help BYU improve to 9-4 and stay a perfect 8-0 at home.

Tyler Haws pitched in 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists as the Cougars sped to a 48-23 halftime lead after holding Northern Arizona scoreless for a seven minute stretch.

After a pair of Gabe Rogers layup and free throw made it a 14-13 game with 13:29 left in the first half, the Lumberjacks missed their next 9 shots while committing five turnovers over that stretch. A pair of Rogers' free throws with 6:41 left ended the drought after leaving NAU in a 32-13 hole.

The proficient night from Davies and the solid contribution from Haws highlighted again a need for a third BYU player to step up and become reliable offensively. While Davies and Haws combined to shoot 18-26 (.692) from the floor, the rest of the team shot only 14-43 (.326). From behind the arc, Haws shot 3-4 (.750), his teammates 5-21 (.238).

Possibly the lone bright spot in an otherwise poor performance from the supporting cast was junior Raul Delgado, who scored 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Delgado shot 4-7 from the field and 3-5 from three, while adding 2 assists and 2 blocks.

The Cougars now prepare to play the Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3) on Saturday in Salt Lake, a last chance to claim a decent non-conference win before WCC play begins on January 3. The game tips at noon MT and will be on ESPNU.

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