Provo • Junior ahead Yoeli Childs wasn’t all that impressed with the scoring milestone he reached Thursday evening, however BYU basketball coach Dave Rose positive was.
Childs handed the 1,000-point plateau, turning into the 51st Cougar to try this, and BYU plastered Oral Roberts 85-65 in entrance of an introduced crowd of 10,179 on the Marriott Heart.
“Good for him. Congratulations,” Rose stated, remembering when his former Houston teammates Clyde Drexler, Michael Younger and Hakeem Olajuwon completed the feat. “You gotta be a particular expertise to attain 1,000 factors at your faculty. That’s a very good membership to be in.”
Childs, who examined the NBA draft waters final spring earlier than returning for his third season in Provo, posted his fourth-straight double-double — 24 factors and 14 rebounds — in 31 minutes, the primary time he has registered 4 consecutive double-doubles in his profession.
“It means coaches run plenty of stuff for me and my teammates move me the ball loads,” he stated. “You get 1,000 factors, that’s plenty of photographs, so I recognize my guys. I believe each particular person accomplishment can be a workforce accomplishment, as a result of you possibly can’t do it with out your guys.”
Jahshire Hardnett added 16 factors and 4 assists and TJ Haws chipped in eight factors, a career-high eight rebounds and a season-high six assists. However it was BYU’s bench guys who keyed a run within the latter a part of the primary half to offer the Cougars management of what was a decent recreation the primary 15 minutes.
Freshman Connor Harding was the catalyst off the bench with 10 factors and 5 rebounds within the first 20 minutes, sophomore Rylan Bergersen scored 5 fast factors and Gavin Baxter 4.
“It was superior, simply superior,” Childs stated. “I’m so blissful for these guys. That is in all probability the deepest workforce I’ve ever performed on. It’s loopy. We might play pickup in the summertime and you’d have two captains and choose groups and I used to be like, ‘I do not know who I’m selecting.’ There are simply so many choices.”
In all, BYU’s bench scored 19 factors within the first half, and the Cougars took a 43-31 lead on the break. BYU used an 11-2 run to open the second half and cruised from there for its third-straight win.
Kaelen Malone and Kevin Obanor scored 12 factors apiece for Oral Roberts, which dropped to 1-Four however grew to become the primary workforce to shoot higher than 40 % (40.three %) in opposition to the Cougars this 12 months.
Baxter, the freshman returned missionary from Timpview Excessive, was sick and missed Wednesday’s observe. Then he knocked heads with ORU’s Kerwin Smith and was in a position to play solely 14 minutes Thursday.
“I assumed Connor got here in and gave us a fantastic carry. I assumed Gavin got here in and helped us early,” Rose stated. “I assumed he did very well with the minutes he had. And I assumed Ry actually gave us a spark on the finish of that first half. That was good to see to have these guys are available and compete and take part and get some confidence.”
ORU’s main scorer, Emmanuel Nzekwesi, didn’t rating within the first half and completed with eight. The Golden Eagles obtained simply three second-chance factors on three offensive rebounds.
“We did a very good job of preserving them off the boards,” Rose stated. “That’s the way in which we’re going to must be, and play. … These are defensive rebounds. These are numbers which might be going to be vital for us. This might be a workforce the place our guards have gotten to actually assist us and be good defensive rebounders. To ensure that us to win that battle each evening, our guards should rebound.”
That’s as a result of the Cougars are one of many smallest groups Rose has coached in his 13 seasons. The tallest participant on the workforce, 6-foot-10 senior middle Luke Worthington, performed simply 5 minutes after beginning the season as a starter.
The Cougars return to the Marriott Heart on Saturday to host Alabama A&M at Four p.m.