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BYU Basketball falls at home to Houston

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Houston vs San Diego State Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

BYU kept it close for a half, but Houston ran away with it in the second half in a 76-62 loss for BYU (5-2).

TJ Haws had a season-high 25 points, including 6 three pointers, but Yoeli Childs’ 16 points were the only other complement to TJ.

Houston’s athleticism and shooting were too much for BYU the whole night. Cedrick Alley killed BYU all night, as the freshman ended with 19 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 three pointers on the night. Seniors Corey Davis and Breaon Brady chipped in 24 points and 19 points, respectively. As a team, Houston shot 52% and made 11 three pointers on the night.

Houston double teamed Yoeli for most of the night, and BYU couldn’t get anybody other than TJ to capitalize. Haws shot 6-12 from three while the rest of the team shot a combined 2-16 (12.5%) from deep. Nobody else for BYU scored more than 5 points.

It’s clear that BYU needs a consistent number three scorer. Nick Emery is an obvious option — he will miss two more games before returning versus Utah State — but it’s unclear where he’ll be at after not playing for over a season.

The Cougars now hit the road for a pair of road games next week versus Illinois State and Weber State.