Provo • Three video games into the 2018-19 faculty basketball season, BYU is just about what everybody thought it might be, apart from one pretty vital element.
The Cougars can’t appear to shoot that straight, particularly from Three-point vary.
BYU made 7 of 15 Three-pointers — after lacking its first seven from deep — and finally cruised previous overmatched Northwestern State 82-57 Tuesday night time in entrance of an introduced crowd of 10,886 on the Marriott Middle.
“Early within the sport, we bought, once more, open photographs, however in all probability took them too shortly and missed our first [seven],” coach Dave Rose mentioned. “After which that kinda will get us a bit of bit hesitant and we’re not actually certain of the subsequent play. In order that rhythm offensively, we’re nonetheless searching for it.”
Earlier than a run of 4 straight treys after the Zero-for-7 begin, the Cougars had made solely 12 of 60 Three-point makes an attempt in two and a half video games, together with the loss to Nevada and Friday’s win over Utah Valley.
These form of numbers had been an excessive amount of for the undersized Demons of the Southland Convention, however in all probability received’t be sufficient in opposition to higher competitors later this month and subsequent.
“You simply gotta see the primary one [drop],” mentioned junior ahead Dalton Nixon, who began for the second straight sport and tied a career-high with 15 factors on 5-of-9 taking pictures. As a workforce we got here out these first three video games and struggled to shoot the ball within the first half. However I believe when every particular person sees just a few drop, it should actually open up and we are going to get used to taking pictures beneath the lights right here on the Marriott Middle.”
Till then, the Cougars will depend on Yoeli Childs, who bedeviled the Demons with one other double-double — 18 factors and 15 rebounds — in 28 minutes. Freshman Connor Harding registered a career-high 11 factors as BYU led for all however the first jiffy in opposition to a squad that misplaced by simply 11 factors at SMU final Thursday.
“Plenty of it has to do with our level guards sharing the ball and simply making the fitting play, and us making the fitting reduce,” Harding mentioned. “That’s what occurred tonight.
The Cougars had been sloppy on offense early, however Rose was proud of the shot choice once they weren’t turning the ball over 10 occasions within the first 20 minutes. TJ Haws, who completed with 12 factors, six rebounds and 4 assists with only one turnover in 34 strong minutes, canned the primary triple with Eight minutes, 40 seconds remaining within the first half and the Cougars had been off and operating.
Zac Seljaas’ Three-pointer pushed BYU’s halftime result in 42-25 because the Cougars closed the interval on a 22-6 run.
Childs got here up a rebound in need of a double-double within the first half, ending the primary 20 minutes with 12 factors and 9 boards.
“They got here in right here with plan to distort our rhythm, and we by no means actually bought in an offensive rhythm,” Rose mentioned. “I believed we competed effectively defensively and on the boards, however we turned the ball over approach too many occasions, particularly within the first half.”
The Cougars opened the second half on an Eight-Zero run and seemed poised to blow out the guests from Natchitoches, La., however Ishmael Lane, Larry Owens and John Norvel, who mixed for 43 factors, lastly bought going. BYU was an excessive amount of inside, nevertheless, outscoring the Demons 40-16 within the paint.
“The blokes are in a spot proper now the place all of them need to get photographs up, and make them,” Rose mentioned. “So, I believe there may be clearly a number of questions round that. In all probability the higher reply to that’s to be a bit of bit extra affected person, as an alternative of dashing up a bit of bit.”
The Cougars (2-1) return to the Marriott Middle Thursday night time to host Oral Roberts, a 70-69 loser to Cal Baptist Tuesday night time in Tulsa, Okla.