Missed free throws nearly cost BYU down the stretch, but BYU went to Orlando and came out with their first Big 12 win in a 63-58 win over UCF.
Aly Khalifa had a season-high 17 points to lead BYU and Trevin Knell and Spencer Johnson rounded out the double-figure scorers with 14 points and 12 points, respectively. Khalifa’s passing has been his calling card all season, but the Egyptian big man made 3 threes and scored a few buckets in the paint, including a rim-rocking dunk.
BYU shot 12-17 (71%) from the line, but missed free throw and front ends of one-and-ones that gave UCF multiple opportunities to take the lead or tie down the stretch, which the Knights could not do. BYU held UCF to 29% shooting from the floor and 17% from deep, but a 21-33 mark from the foul line and 17 offensive boards kept UCF within striking distance.
BYU was just 3-13 from three in the first half, but a 6-13 showing in the second half allowed the Cougars to extend the lead. UCF is one of the best Big 12 teams at forcing turnovers, and BYU did an admirable job by having 13 turnovers.
This game wasn’t pretty for BYU, but you take every road win you can get in the Big 12. This was a Quad One win for BYU on a floor where the Knights beat #3 Kansas just three days ago.
BYU next hosts Iowa State Tuesday night in the Marriott Center.