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BYU Basketball holds on for close win over Oral Roberts

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 21 Weber State at BYU Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

BYU’s hot three-point shooting cooled down Saturday night, but the Cougars made enough plays down the stretch to beat Oral Roberts 79-73 in the Marriott Center.

Yoeli Childs had 23 points and Jake Toolson had 22 points to lead BYU; the Cougars came into the game as one of the top three-point shooting teams in the country, but shot only 9-30 (30%) from deep on the night. Oral Roberts’ physicality inside gave BYU trouble and kept them in the game. They out-rebounded BYU 46-37 and had a 18-5 edge in second chance points.

Oral Roberts tied the game at 67 with under 3 minutes left, but a clutch three from Jake Toolson and tough defense down the stretch helped BYU prevail.

BYU ends non-conference play at 11-4 and in solid position to get an at-large NCAA bid. BYU’s three best wins of non-conference play were Utah State, Houston and Virginia Tech.

The Cougars open up WCC play next Saturday at home versus LMU.