GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Brigham Young 81, Texas Southern 64

(AP Photo/George Frey)

By JOHN COON
Associated Press

PROVO, Utah - Te'Jon Lucas had 18 points and seven assists to lead No. 18 BYU to an 81-64 victory over Texas Southern.

Lucas matched his season high in assists and finished with zero turnovers for the first time this season. He helped the Cougars overcome 39% shooting from the field.

"Man, he's a gifted playmaker," BYU coach Mark Pope said.

Fousseyni Traore scored 13 points while Alex Barcello scored 12 and Gavin Baxter added 11 for the Cougars (5-0). Gideon George had 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

BYU improved to 12-0 all-time vs. Southwestern Athletic Conference teams.

P.J. Henry led the Tigers (0-6) with 21 points. Brison Gresham added 12 points and nine rebounds for Texas Southern, which fell to 0-4 all-time against BYU. The Tigers also shot 39% from the field.

"Fantastic basketball team," Texas Southern coach Johnny Jones said. "Very talented and skilled. I think they have the potential to be a better squad than they were a year ago."

Texas Southern took a quick 4-0 lead on back-to-back baskets from Justin Hopkins and Gresham before BYU seized control.

Defensively, the Cougars clamped down on the Tigers for a long stretch in the first half. Texas Southern missed 12 of 14 field-goal attempts over a 9 1/2-minute stretch. It opened the door for BYU to build a double-digit lead.

Hopkins made four free throws in less than a minute to trim BYU's advantage to 32-26.

Spencer Johnson, George and Barcello each made 3-pointers to extend the Cougars' lead to 43-30 going into halftime.

"They fought hard," Lucas said. "Give them all the credit. They punched us in the mouth a lot of times and we (were) able to respond."

BYU maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.


Texas Southern
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
B. Gresham F 24 5-7 2-3 0-0 2-9 1 2 1 0 3 12
Y. Rasas F 17 0-4 0-0 0-1 1-6 2 0 0 0 2 0
P. Henry G 34 8-16 2-3 3-7 1-4 2 0 0 1 2 21
J. Hopkins G 24 1-3 6-6 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 3 2 8
B. Etienne G 22 0-6 1-2 0-2 0-1 1 1 0 2 1 1
J. Walker III   24 3-7 3-4 0-2 1-3 1 0 0 3 1 9
J. Jones   16 1-5 0-0 0-3 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 2
A. Lawson   16 1-4 0-2 0-2 0-3 1 0 0 1 1 2
J. Nicholas   15 4-6 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 0 2 1 4 9
J. Gilliam   6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 0
D. Barnes   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 23-59
(.390)
15-22
(.682)
3-17
(.176)
9-38 9 3 4 12 19 64


BYU
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Lohner F 29 0-3 0-1 0-1 3-5 1 0 0 1 3 0
G. George F 24 3-13 3-3 1-8 4-16 1 0 0 0 0 10
G. Baxter F 15 4-8 3-4 0-2 2-4 0 0 0 2 3 11
A. Barcello G 35 3-11 4-6 2-7 1-5 4 0 4 2 1 12
T. Lucas G 31 8-14 1-2 1-4 0-1 7 0 2 0 1 18
S. Knight   23 2-7 1-2 0-3 2-7 2 1 1 1 4 5
F. Traore   18 5-7 2-5 1-2 4-6 1 2 0 0 2 13
S. Johnson   16 2-4 1-2 2-3 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 7
A. Ally Atiki   6 0-2 2-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 1 3 2
T. Knell   3 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Totals   200 28-71
(.394)
17-27
(.630)
8-32
(.250)
20-52 17 4 7 8 19 81
Officials: David Hall, Tommy Nunez, Nate Harris




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