It started bad and progressively got worse for BYU on Thursday night. The Pepperdine Waves dominated BYU in every aspect of the game as they ran away with the win 99-83 in Malibu. BYU kept it relatively close through most of the first half, until the Waves made a late charge to build a halftime lead of 9 points.
Coming out after the break, the Waves hit 12/15 from the field to put even more pressure on BYU. Eric Mika finally started to get some good looks, but fouled out late in the game along with Yoeli Childs which effectively ended the game for BYU.
This loss followed the familiar blueprint used by WCC foes: weak defense, excellent shooting by the opponent, and sloppy offense by BYU. The foul trouble was just the cherry on top for this particular game. As BYU Twitter took note, there was a flurry of (very) questionable charges called against BYU which stifled any comeback attempt made late in the game. Pepperdine finished the game 57.8% from the field, 53.3% from distance, and 85% from the line. This Pepperdine senior class finishes their career having never lost to BYU at home
At this point, BYU is probably an NIT bubble team, meaning they will need to turn things around just to salvage their season.
BYU continues their road trip at USF on Saturday at 9 PM.