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BYU Falls Late in Road Loss to Pepperdine

NCAA Basketball: Roman Legends Classic-Southern California at Brigham Young David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

BYU had some chances late, but the Cougars faltered down the stretch in a 76-73 road loss to Pepperdine.

BYU led by as many as 11 points in the second half, but turnovers and rebounding killed BYU and allowed Pepperdine to come away with the win. Alex Barcello had a chance to tie the game with under 10 seconds left but he missed a decent look at a three pointer in the corner.

BYU’s bench kept them in the game as 3 of the 4 BYU players that scored in double figures came off the bench. Spencer Johnson led the way with 15 points and Caleb Lohner added 13 points. BYU lost the turnover battle 13-8 and gave up 11 offensive rebounds to the undersized Pepperdine squad. BYU had some defensive stops late but Pepperdine was able to convert on second- and third-chance points.

This loss hurts but it shouldn’t be enough on its own to knock BYU out of the NCAA Tournament picture. BYU was comfortably in the field going into today, but now they will be closer to the bubble. BYU moves to 13-4 on the season and 4-2 in the WCC.

BYU’s next game is up in the air. Saturday’s game versus San Francisco is postponed due to COVID cases in USF’s program, but the WCC could re-shuffle things and schedule a game for BYU.