On a night where the staple of BYU’s offense the last few years, three point shooting, failed them, sophomore big man Eric Mika lead the Cougars to victory with another huge game of 18 points, 11 rebound, and 3 blocked shots to continue his very strong start to the season. BYU was able to find a win on a night where it did not shoot very well from three, only 34 percent, they were able to use the overall size advantage over Coastal by getting inside the three point line and shot 47 percent, led by Mika who shot 8-12.
Coastal, on the other hand, had a really rough night from the field. Leading scorer Elijah Wilson was only 4-14 from the floor for only 11 points. In fact, three of the four Chanticleer players who scored in double figures shot well under fifty percent from the floor against a team known for putting up points. Coastal combined to shoot 26-76 from the floor for only 34.2 percent and only made 19 percent of their three point attempts. Even for a team that was hovering around 39 percent from the field on the season, this was a rough outing.
The only other Cougar in double figures was Nick Emery with 14 points on 6-12 shooting. The rest of the team was remarkably balanced as Elijah Bryant had 9 points, Tyler Haws and Kyle Davis each had 8, while Davin Guinn (6 points), Yoeli Childs (4 points), and Jamaal Aytes (4 points) rounded out the scoring for BYU.
Both teams will now travel to Las Vegas to finish the MGM Grand Main Event. Coastal Carolina will be playing Southern Utah University and the Cougars will be taking on Saint Louis.