first_imgOctober 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU defeats Saint Martin’s 92-71 in exhibition play Robert Lovell Tags: Basketball/BYU Cougars Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – Three Cougars scored in double digits as the BYU men’s basketball team beat Saint Martin’s 92-71 in the first exhibition game of the season, Wednesday night at the Marriott Center.“It is good to be back out there,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said. “It felt good, but there are a lot of things that we need to work on. I am pleased that we were able to get a lot of guys in the game, especially some of the younger guys. The four starters from last year were all solid in their play and have improved throughout the summer.”Yoeli Childs led all scorers with 20 points after going 7 of 10 in the paint and posting eight rebounds. TJ Haws and Dalton Nixon added 11 points apiece, while Haws also recorded seven assists and four rebounds. Many new faces saw time on the court, including freshmen Gavin Baxter and Connor Harding as they tallied nine and seven points, respectively.As a team, BYU outshot the Saints 58 percent to 44 percent from the field, as well as scoring 54 points in the paint compared to Saint Martin’s 16. The Cougars played 12 different players and scored an impressive 44 points off the bench.The Cougars got on the board first as Luke Worthington made the first basket of the game to put BYU up 2-0. Zac Seljaas followed with a basket of his own from behind the arc, putting the Cougars up 5-0.BYU put up 12 unanswered points to take an early 17-3 lead in the first half. Saint Martin’s sunk a jumper and a 3-pointer, cutting into the Cougars’ lead. However, BYU quickly gained control and went on a 10-point run, increasing its lead to 27-8 with 7:18 remaining in the half.Back-to-back buckets from Childs gave the Cougars their first 20-point lead of the game, which he followed with two more jumpers pushing the BYU lead to 35-17. The Cougars entered halftime on top by 24 points, 45-21, with Childs leading all players with 13 points.To open the second half, the Saints and BYU went back and forth before Saint Martin’s went on a 10-2 run, bringing the score to 52-37 and cutting the Cougars lead to 15 points. The Cougars quickly regained their momentum and went on a seven-point run with Nixon recording six of the seven points.BYU maintained their double-digit lead throughout the second half. Two free-throws and a trey brought the Saints within 20 points, but the lead was too much as the Cougars took the win 92-71.BYU takes on Westminster in their second exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. MDT at the Marriott Center. The game will be televised on BYUtv with radio coverage on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM, BYU Sports Network and KSL (1160 AM/102.7 FM). Live stats will be available on the BYU men’s schedule page.last_img

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