PROVO — The BYU Cougars used a dominating inside game to knock off the Idaho State Bengals 84-58 in the Marriott Center Tuesday night.
Eric Mika led the way for the Cougars with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor to go along with 12 rebounds, while Yoeli Childs added 13 points and 14 rebounds.
TJ Haws also had a nice night with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting with six assists and three rebounds as the Cougars improved to 8-4.
Ethan Telfair paced the Bengals with 13 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals while Geno Luzcando chipped in with 11 points and seven boards.
Why the Cougars won
The Cougars owned the paint from start to finish. They jumped out to an early 11-point lead thanks to four quick baskets from Mika and never looked back. When they weren’t scoring inside, the Cougars moved the basketball to get uncontested jumpers.
The turning point
L.J. Rose caught fire from the outside in the latter part of the first half as he knocked down three 3-pointers as the Cougars extended the lead to 16.