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Jeff Chiu, AP
BYU ahead Yoeli Childs celebrates all over the second one part of the workforce’s NCAA faculty basketball sport towards Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
SANTA CLARA, California — On BYU ahead Yoeli Childs’ 20th birthday, he virtually gave himself a memorable provide — a triple-double — towards Santa Clara.
While Childs overlooked out on that milestone — he scored 22 issues, pulled down 13 rebounds and a dished out a career-high 8 assists — he’ll fortunately take the overpowering 84-50 victory over Santa Clara Saturday evening in what used to be the Cougars’ best possible general efficiency of the season.
“As far as a 40-minute game to continually stay connected and stay with our game plan and continue to rely on each other,” stated trainer Dave Rose, “it might have been as good as I’ve seen from our guys.”
It used to be Rose that avoided Childs from attaining a triple-double as a result of he took him out with a lot of time ultimate within the sport sooner than a crowd of three,369 on the Leavey Center.
“Coach was joking with me about it,” Childs stated. “He said, ‘You’ll always remember on your birthday when I took your triple-double away from you.’ It’s all good. I’m sure I’ll have one eventually.”
“I sure would have loved for him to have stayed in there and get a couple of more assists,” Rose stated. “He played great on his birthday, huh? It should be his birthday every night, with the way he played tonight.”
As a workforce, BYU used to be just about flawless, leaping out to an 18-point first part lead whilst sizzling the nets for 79 % from the sector. From there, the Cougars cruised.
BYU led via as many as 38 in the second one part. With 14:07 left within the sport, the Cougars have been 25 of 33 (75.eight %) from the sector and completed the sport taking pictures 62 % (32 of 52). They additionally recorded a season-high 26 assists.
“Our workforce’s roughly constructed for when there’s two defenders at the ball, to make the additional cross. It’s virtually like a double workforce,” Childs said. “We moved the ball and we made performs. It’s a tricky matchup.”
“Sometimes when you play that way, it’s kind of contagious,” Rose stated. “The key was we were sharing the ball. They were getting two (defenders) on the ball on every ball screen. Sometimes when that happens, it’s really effective we got the ball to the right spot and we had an advantage. They guys really shared the ball.”
Childs appreciated the way in which BYU performed an entire sport.
“Coach just talked about it. A lot of times, we have little five-minute spurts or seven-minute spurts where we’re all locked in and playing together,” Childs stated. “Tonight, we had about 38 minutes where we played together and played for each other.”
In the second one part, even if the Cougars’ taking pictures cooled down significantly, the Broncos suffered thru an abysmal taking pictures drought, overlooked 16 instantly photographs and went greater than 12 mins with out a box purpose.
BYU guard Jahshire Hardnett restricted Santa Clara’s best scorer, KJ Feagin, to 9 issues on Three of 11 taking pictures.
“That was a great defensive effort against a guy that’s caused us problems,” Rose stated.
Santa Clara shot 34 % as a workforce, together with 26 % in the second one part.
The Cougars advanced to 15-Four general and Four-2 in West Coast Conference play whilst the Broncos dropped to 6-12 and Three-Three.
For BYU, the primary part couldn’t had been scripted any higher.
The Cougars made 14 in their first 16 photographs from the sector. The sport used to be tied at 11 sooner than BYU went on a 25-7 run to take hold of a 36-18 merit after a Three-pointer via TJ Haws, who drilled 4 Three-pointers and completed with 14 issues.
“I thought we were really connected on both ends of the floor,” Haws stated. “We guarded really well and helped each other defensively.”
Over the primary 8 mins of the sport, Childs had dropped in 13 issues and, with 3 assists, used to be chargeable for both scoring or helping at the Cougars’ first 19 issues.
At halftime, BYU led 46-28 and had hit 19 of 24 photographs from the ground and five of seven from Three-point vary. Because the Cougars weren’t lacking photographs, they held an enormous 19-2 rebounding merit within the first part.
Childs led all scorers at intermission with 17 issues and had six assists and 6 rebounds.
After the sport, Childs used to be requested if his teammates did anything else particular for him on his birthday.
“Nothing special,” he stated. “They got the win for me.”
BYU hosts Loyola Marymount on Thursday.