My wife or someone told me, 'Hey, you're this many away (from 1,000). I was like, 'Alright, we'll see what happens tonight.' It was pretty cool. —Noah Hartsock
MALIBU, Calif. — BYU's big guys, Brandon Davies and Noah Hartsock, came up big Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Both players reached personal milestones in the Cougars' 77-64 victory over Pepperdine. Davies scored a career-high 29 points while Hartsock, who collected 20 points, became the 43rd player in BYU history to score at least 1,000 career points, with 1,003.
"My wife or someone told me, 'Hey, you're this many away (from 1,000),'" Hartsock said. "'I was like, 'Alright, we'll see what happens tonight.' It was pretty cool. (BYU basketball media relations director) Kyle (Chilton) came in (in the locker room after the game) and congratulated me on that, so I knew by then."
Then, he quipped, "It took Jimmer (Fredette) one year, but four years for me. I'll take it."
Hartsock trails Dave Eastis (1958-61), who tallied 1,015 career points, on BYU's all-time scoring list.
Hartsock and Davies combined to hit 15-of-28 shots from the field.
"We try to do that every game, to get the inside game going," Davies said. "When that gets going, we can kick it out and get easy 3's. That's always part of our game plan."
"Brandon really got Noah going tonight with a couple of double-team passes and gave Noah a few clean looks at the basket," said coach Dave Rose.
AT THE LINE: On the night, Davies made 15-of-18 free throws.
Free throw shooting is an aspect of the game that Davies has worked on during his career.
As a freshman, he shot 54 percent from the charity stripe and he shot 69 percent a year ago. After Saturday's performance, Davies is shooting 71 percent from the line this season.
"That's one of the things I've tried to improve upon," he said. "I've been spending a lot of time after practice trying to get a consistent stroke down. Practice makes perfect."
As a team, BYU nailed 29-of-38 free throws.
"I kind of like when there's a lot of free throws because there's time to rest and think about things," Hartsock said. "I don't know about fans. It's a rest for me, so it's good."
TECHNICAL ERROR: The game was a little more than 30 seconds old when BYU guard Matt Carlino drew a foul, and Davies drew a technical on the same sequence.
Davies reacted strongly because he thought the foul had been called on him.
"It was a personal error. I get into the game a little too much at times," Davies explained. "Unfortunately, it was at the beginning of the game, where things weren't as loud as they normally are. So I said something I shouldn't have."