BYU basketball report card: Cougs start and finish hot to get revenge on Pepperdine

Published: Friday, Jan. 10 2014 12:01 a.m. MST

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Against these same Cougars 10 days ago, Pepperdine made 13-of-24 3-pointers. Thursday night at the Marriott Center, the Waves made just 7-of-23. Sometimes it really does just come down to making or missing shots.

The Waves actually shot seven more free throws this game and made eight more. They actually turned the ball over five less times as well. They allowed BYU one less offensive rebound than last game and had twice as many steals.

On the other hand, the Cougars outrebounded the Waves overall Thursday night by 13 and only had one shot blocked, as opposed to nine blocked shots on the road versus Pepperdine. These numbers are quite strange considering BYU was without its top post player this time.

Ultimately, the real difference between last game and this game, however, was the 3-point line. At Pepperdine, BYU was 1-of-11 from long distance. In Provo, BYU was 7-of-17. On the other side, the Waves went from hitting 54 percent from behind the arc to just 30 percent at the Marriott Center.

No doubt Pepperdine missed guard Malcolm Brooks in Provo, who was out with a sprained ankle. At home 10 days ago versus BYU, Brooks made 6-of-9 long balls and put up 24 points.

BYU caught a break Thursday with Brooks not playing. Even without him, the Waves stayed close and outplayed the Cougars a majority of the game.

Grade: B-
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Central, UT

Wow, a WCC conference game that is a home game for BYU and the author mentions the Running Utes multiple times, what's up with that?

Taylorsville, UT

Good analysis of the game last night. However, while I may understand the need to mention Utah in the "Coaching" portion of the article, I'm not sure sure why the need to mention them in the "Crowd" portion. It seems like just a petty jab at the Utah fan base. While it is true there were more fans at this game (14,000+) than Utah had at their game against Oregon (13,426), the Marriott Center was still only at 69%, while the Huntsman Center was at 90%.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Hey, that's 4 times as many as were attending Utah games just two years ago.

Chill out, kids. Comparisons aren't always intended as a jab, and if this one was, it was poorly aimed. Utah basketball is moving in the right direction. Enjoy it!

Plano, TX

My advice to BYU and Utah fans is the same I gave divorced couples; other than being polite when you meet, forget about each other and move on in your own respective lives.

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