BYU forced turnovers, shared the ball, and knocked down threes to continue their hot start in a 85-56 win over Fresno State Friday night in Salt Lake City. This is the first time in Mark Pope’s 5 seasons as BYU head coach that the Cougars have been 7-0.
Jaxson Robinson led all scorers with 24 points on 6-8 shooting from deep and Spencer Johnson scored 22 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Fouss missed his first game of the year with a hamstring and knee injury, but Aly Khalifa got the start and showed why he is arguably the best passing big man in the nation with 5 assists while directing BYU’s offense from the high post. Khalifa had several other passes that didn’t count as assists but set up the offense in other way. Richie Saunders was another bright spot with 12 points off the bench and his consistent energy that he’s brought each game this season.
BYU had just 7 turnovers and forced 21 on the Bulldogs which led to 36 points off turnovers. The Cougars shot 49% from the field, 11-29 from three (38%), and had 23 assists on 34 made field goals.
BYU moves to 7-0 on the season and has covered the spread in all 7 games. BYU next hosts Evansville in Provo Tuesday before travelling to Salt Lake City next Saturday for a game at Utah. BYU is currently 19 in the AP Poll and could move up again when the next poll is released on Monday.