BYU had a sloppy start offensively but found its shooting stroke in a 77-49 blowout win over Arizona State Thursday night in Las Vegas.
Noah Waterman had a career night with 24 points on 6-9 shooting from three and 7 rebounds. BYU as a team shot 14-33 (442) from three and outrebounded ASU 51-32. BYU held ASU to 33% shooting and 2-20 shooting from deep. BYU went into half up 15 and never really felt threatened the whole game. Noah was the lone BYU player in double figures, but six other BYU players scored at least six points. 18 of BYU’s 27 fields goals were assisted.
BYU next plays NC State Friday night at 8pm MT on ESPN2. NC State is 4-0 on the season after a 84-78 win over Vanderbilt prior to the BYU game. NC State has talented guards and a massive big man in DJ Burns, so they will provide a real test for BYU.
One thing to watch for BYU is the status of Atiki Ally Atiki and possibly others. Atiki punched an ASU player with under 40 seconds and was ejected from the game. Noah Waterman was also ejected after he entered the court from the bench. No other BYU player participated in the fight, but it’s worth monitoring what BYU players (if any) are suspended versus NC State. Since Atiki was the only player that participated in the fight, BYU may not have any other players besides him suspended.
Below is a video of the incident and Greg Wrubell’s reading of the NCAA rules.
Just BYU and Arizona State throwing punches at 2:30am on Thanksgiving, nothing to see here pic.twitter.com/UMe7nSjyDW— The Field of 68 (@TheFieldOf68) November 24, 2023
Per Wrubell's reading of the NCAA rule book, Waterman will not be suspended.— CougarStats (@CougarStats) November 24, 2023