BYU once again handily took care of an overmatched opponent in a 86-54 win over Georgia State Saturday night in Provo.
Richie Saunders led the way with a career-high 20 points off the bench to go with 6 rebounds (4 offensive). Saunders has been overshadowed a bit by Jaxson Robinson’s strong season off the bench, but Richie has been a big part of BYU’s early-season success with his energy and scoring off the bench. Speaking of Jaxson, he scored just two points after rolling his ankle in the first half. Jaxson did not return, but he was on the bench in the second half and walking around without ice on his ankle. Mark Pope didn’t show much concern at all about Jaxson’s health.
Three other Cougars were in double figures, including 15 points from Trevin Knell, 13 from Noah Waterman, and 12 from Dallin Hall. BYU as a team had 23 assists versus just 4 turnovers and shot 40% from three (15-38) and 46% from the field.
Dawson Baker made his season debut after recovering from a foot injury and scored 6 points in limited minutes. The UC Irvine transfer’s minutes will be ramped up as he acclimates to the team and game speed. Dawson gives BYU a great scoring option as someone that can shoot and score off the dribble. Freshman Marcus Adams Jr was dressed and available but did not play. I anticipate Marcus making his season debut in BYU’s next game.
BYU moves to 10-1 on the season and has two more non-conference games before opening Big 12 play January 6. BYU next hosts Bellarmine December 22 before closing non-league play versus Wyoming December 30.