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BYU Basketball Recap: Cougars dominate Pilots, 97-78

NCAA Basketball: St. Mary's at Brigham Young Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

BYU, led by Elijah Bryant, took the lead early in the game and never looked back dominating in all aspects of the game to win 97-78. Elijah Bryant scored 39 points on 7/12 shooting from deep and was perfect from the free throw line (12/12); he also contributed five boards and six assists. This was the first time this season that Bryant completely took over a game, though BYU fans saw flashes this year. Mika had his usual solid game with 19 points and eight rebounds. BYU as a team shot 13/30 (43.3%) from deep and 20/23 (87%) from the free throw line.

Not everything went well; Yoeli Childs, questionable due to injury, did not play, and T.J. Haws scored only three points before fouling early in the second half. Overall, this was BYU’s most complete team game of the year, showing unselfishness and excellent efficiency, which could not have come at a better time.

BYU will face off next against Gonzaga, currently ranked as the best team in the country, on Saturday in their home gym.