The BYU men’s basketball team started off its four-game trip through Spain in fine fashion as they knocked off Eurocolegio Casvi 95-74 on Wednesday night.
The Cougars didn’t shoot the ball well from the outside or from the free-throw line as they shot just 10 for 29 from beyond the arc (34.5 percent) and a miserable 25 of 42 from the charity stripe (59.5 percent) against Casvi. They made up for their struggles with the shot by doing great work on the glass and sharing the ball. BYU had a 54 to 31 advantage on the boards, including a 13 to five advantage on the offensive glass. They also came away with 18 assists on 30 made field goals
The Cougars used a balanced offensive attack as five players scored in double figures with Chase Fischer and Jamal Aytes leading the way. Fischer totaled 16 points on the strength of a 4 for 9 shooting performance from beyond the arc with four assists and a rebound while Aytes managed 15 points on 4 for 7 shooting from the floor and 7 for 9 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds and an assist in just over 12 minutes of play off the bench.
Nic Emery and Kyle Davis also had solid showings in their first games as Cougars. Emery finished with 12 points on 5 for 7 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 4 from 3-point land while Davis added 12 points on 6 for 11 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds and three assists.
Kyle Collinsworth and Nate Austin made nice contributions as well. Collinsworth had 10 points on 2 for 5 shooting from the floor and 5 for 6 from the free-throw line with eight rebounds and three assists while Austin chipped in with nine points on 3 of 4 shooting from the field and the charity stripe as well as a game-high 13 rebounds. Jake Toolson contributed seven points and four rebounds while Corbin Kaufusi registered nine rebounds coming off the bench.
Only three players reached double figures for Casvi in the loss. Hector Jimenez led the way with 18 points on 5 for 8 shooting inside the 3-point arc. Jorge Sanchez added 16 points on 5 for 14 shooting from the floor with seven rebounds while Walter Cabral totaled 16 points on 5 for 6 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 2 from distance to go along with six boards.
Up next for the Cougars is a matchup with Albacete Basket on Thursday. Albacete plays in Spain’s EBA league where it finished with a 19-7 record in group B during 2014-15, according to Eurobasket.com.