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BYU basketball: Pacific trips up Cougars, 67-66

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FILE: Brigham Young Cougars guard Elijah Bryant (Three) speaks with a referee within the first part because the BYU Cougars take at the Saint Mary’s Gaels within the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

STOCKTON, Calif. — Since becoming a member of the West Coast Conference seven years in the past, BYU has formed a pricey dependancy of shedding video games to groups now not named Gonzaga or Saint Mary’s, particularly at the street.

It came about once more Saturday on the Spanos Center, the place Pacific tripped up the Cougars 67-66, thank you partially to a 22-point trip by means of Tiger ahead Jahlil Tripp.

Trailing by means of one with 14.Three seconds closing, BYU had a shot to win the sport, however guard Zac Seljaas’ a hit 2-pointer got here simply after the general buzzer.

But the Cougars more than likely by no means will have to were in that tenuous place towards the Tigers, a lower-tier group within the league.

After the sport, Pacific celebrated the victory with raucous cheers in its locker room, inside earshot of BYU, prompting Cougar guard Elijah Bryant, who scored a game-high 29 issues, to watch that the Tigers have been celebrating like “they won the Super Bowl or something.”

BYU dropped to 13-Four and 2-2 within the WCC whilst Pacific advanced to 7-10 and 2-2.

The Cougars’ offense sputtered a lot of the evening, and its protection wasn’t a lot better. They fell at the back of by means of seven issues at halftime.

“The first half of the game, we didn’t look like ourselves. That’s probably the most disappointing thing,” stated trainer Dave Rose. “To be the kind of team that we want to be, we’ve got to be able to come on the road and play (two) solid, good halves of basketball. We just weren’t able to do that. In the second half, we kind of found ourselves a little bit and we connected better and were more emotional.”

Tripp scored his 22 issues on Eight-of-13 capturing towards the Cougars, together with quite a lot of circus photographs.

“I watched him play in junior college. He’s a really good athlete and a really good finisher,” Rose stated of Tripp. “He had a great game Thursday night at Saint Mary’s. We just needed to do a better job at cutting him off and make him jump up and make shots. He got so many shots at the rim where he was able to just kiss it right off the glass.”

Miles Reynolds (16 issues) and Kendall Small (10 issues) additionally harm BYU.

“They’re a good team and we just have to be able to execute on the road and play defense,” Bryant stated.

With 4 mins closing, Tripp scored 8 directly issues to present Pacific a 66-63 merit with 45.Eight seconds closing.

With 15.Three seconds left at the clock, Bryant drilled a Three-pointer to chop the deficit to 67-66 ahead of Tiger ahead Jack Williams ignored a couple of loose throws.

On the general series, Jahshire Hardnett ignored a shot within the paint and the ball ended up in Seljaas’ hand for a last shot — a buzzer-beater that wasn’t.

In the early going, it gave the impression that BYU may run clear of Pacific. The Cougars hit six in their first seven photographs from the sphere and grabbed a 14-7 lead.

From there, the Tigers managed the remainder of the part, outscoring BYU 29-15. While the Cougars made most effective 4 in their subsequent 15 photographs, Pacific shot 56 p.c within the first part.

Bryant hit 6 of Eight photographs for BYU, scoring 15 issues over the primary 20 mins, whilst the remainder of the group mixed to head Four of 14 from the ground. Yoeli Childs went scoreless within the first part till he made a loose throw with 16.Eight seconds left. BYU had 3 assists and 7 turnovers at intermission.

The Tigers led by means of as many as 8 issues within the first part and took a 36-29 merit into the locker room at halftime. Small had 9 issues and Tripp added 8.

BYU hosts Pepperdine Thursday.

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