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BYU Basketball makes strong showing in season-opening win over MVSU

The BYU Cougars thumped the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils by thirty in the season opener at the Marriott Center.

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BYU Basketball came out and did exactly what it was supposed to do against Mississippi Valley State Saturday night, claiming a 91-61 victory over the visiting Delta Devils. The Cougars never trailed, and the game was never tied.

Elijah Bryant led all scorers with an impressive 27 points. Eighteen of those came on three pointers. Bryant only missed one shot all night. He was 6-7 from three, 10-11 on field goals, total.

Yoeli Childs, TJ Haws, and Zac Seljaas were the other three Cougars to end up in double digit scoring. Childs displayed some impressive play, including a career-high five blocks. Haws was 3-4 from three, Seljaas was 4-9 from the field. Judging by numbers, Jahshire Hardnett didn’t have all that great of a game, but he played for 25 minutes and did a fine job of running the point when he was in. Bryant, Haws, Seljaas, Childs, and Worthington were the starters.

Dalton Nixon provided solid play off the bench, rotating in for Luke Worthington and racking up six rebounds. Everyone available to the Cougars made an appearance in the game, due to the comfortable lead the Cougars held throughout the whole second half. Payton Dastrup saw some meaningful minutes and contributed two blocks to the Cougars’ victory.

One of the most exciting parts of the game for Cougar fans was the impressive and obvious changes on defense. There was renewed effort, active hands, plenty of communication (including plenty of yelling from Heath Schroyer, which could be heard across the arena), etc. BYU held MVSU to just 37 percent from the field and 35 percent from three, while shooting an impressive 58 percent from the field themselves, and 59 percent from three. BYU also pulled down 32 defensive rebounds to MVSU’s 19, and totaled 11 blocks. Mississippi Valley State did not have any blocks.

BYU may have been a little slow to get started on offense but certainly had it figured out by half time. It should definitely be noted that the Cougars had 20 assists on 33 made baskets. Beautiful.

BYU takes on Princeton in New Jersey next, bringing up what some may consider their first true test. That game will be at 5 p.m. MST on the Ivy League Network (yes, apparently that is in fact a thing).