The BYU Cougars used a dominating second half performance to improve to 2-0 on their spanish trip with a 75-52 win over Albacete Basket on Thursday.
After giving up 34 points in the first half, the BYU defense stepped up and held Albacete to just 18 points as they turned a tie into a 23-point victory.
The Cougars struggled to shoot the ball from beyond the arc and from the free-throw line for the second game in a row. They finished 10 for 29 from 3-point land (34.5 percent) and 7 for 14 from the charity stripe (50 percent). They made up for with solid efforts in the rebounding and assist departments. BYU won the rebounding battle 45 to 27 and handed out 18 assists on 29 field goals.
BYU used a new lineup for their second game in as many days with Kyle Collinsworth, Chase Fischer and Kyle Davis all starting for the second day in a row. Corbin Kaufusi and Zac Seljaas rounded out the starting five replacing Jake Toolson and Nate Austin.
Collinsworth and Davis led the way for the shorthanded Cougars. Collinsworth finished with 15 points on 7 for 13 shooting from the floor to go along with eight assists, seven rebounds, five steals and three blocks in 32 minutes. Davis added 10 points on 5 for 8 shooting from the floor with five rebounds in just 20 minutes.
Fischer added 12 points on 5 for 12 shooting from the field, including just 2 for 8 from beyond the arc as well as three steals, two rebounds and an assist. Kaufusi and Jordan Chatman also made big contributions for the Cougars. Chatman had nine points on 3 for 5 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 2 from 3-point range win four rebounds and an assist in 11 minutes while Kaufusi had four points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and a steal.
Nick Emery added eight points, three assists and three steals while Cooper Ainge chipped in with seven points on a perfect shooting night in just eight minutes. Seljaas and Jake Toolson rounded out the scoring with five points a piece.
Albacete was led by Miguel Raez who totaled 17 points on the strength of a 3 for 6 shooting night from 3-point land to go along with 10 rebounds and two blocks. Diego Fox and Juan Carlos Vilches also had solid outings in the loss. Fox had eight points on 3 for 4 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 2 from distance with three assists while Vilches had eight points on 60 percent shooting with two rebounds. Georvys Elias added eight points on a very difficult shooting night (3 for 15 from the floor and 1 for 6 from the free-throw line) with six rebounds.
Up next for the Cougars is a three-day break before they have a matchup with the European Basketball Academy on Monday.