A new team, more players, and young guys–here’s what we saw in BYU’s first men’s basketball game of the season.
BYU basketball defeated Saint Martin’s in their first exhibition game of the season, 92-71. BYU outshot Saint Martin’s 58 to 44 percent.
The Cougars dropped points quickly, as they scored 17 unanswered points the beginning of the game. Saint Martin’s sunk a three, but BYU said “no way” and came back with a 10-point run to bring the lead up to 27-8 with seven minutes left in the half. The Cougs walked away from the half on top 45-21.
The second half was more of a fight as Saint Martin’s went on a 10-2 run, but BYU held their double digit lead and walked away with their first victory under their belt.
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 the team with 20 points after going 7 of 10 in the paint with eight rebounds. TJ Haws chimed in with 11 points seven rebounds and four rebounds while Dalton Nixon also tallied in with 11 points.