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Shorthanded BYU Convincingly Beats #24 Iowa State


Iowa State v Brigham Young Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images

BYU came into the night shorthanded but handily took care of #24 Iowa State in a 87-72 win Tuesday night in Provo.

Iowa State through the first half of the season was one of the best defenses in the country, but BYU limited themselves to just 11 turnovers and passed the ball beautifully to set up wide open looks. Second-leading scorer Trevin Knell (foot) and big man Fousseyni Traore were held out, but BYU’s seven-man rotation was effective all night. Spencer Johnson had a career high 28 points to go along with 5 assists and 9 rebounds, Dallin Hall had 11 points and 8 assists, Jaxson Robinson scored 15 points in the start, and Noah Waterman had a bounce back game with 18 points. Richie Saunders provided 12 points off the bench.

BYU as a team shot 13-35 from three and assisted on 21 of their 27 made field goals. Free throw shooting and attempts has been a sore spot for some games, but BYU shot 20-24 from the foul line. Iowa State shot 44% from the field but made just four three pointers.

Taking care of the ball was the #1 focus coming into the game versus an Iowa State team that leads the nation in turnover percentage, and BYU handled ISU’s ball pressure terrifically the entire game.

BYU moves to 14-3 on the season and 2-2 in Big 12 play. BYU next travels to Lubbock Saturday to take on #25 Texas Tech who is 14-2 on the year.