Archive for January 9, 2017

The BYU Cougars bounced back from their loss to Saint Mary’s with a resounding 91-62 win over the Pacific Tigers in the Marriott Center on Saturday night.

The Cougars used a balanced scoring attack led by Eric Mika, who totaled 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor while adding 10 rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.

Elijah Bryant added 17 points on his own on 5-for-7 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 3 from beyond the arc in just his second game back from injury.

Anthony Townes led the way for the Tigers with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting, while Jacob Lampkin chipped in with 10 points.

Why the Cougars won

It was a complete performance from the Cougars. They shot the ball well from inside and out and did a good job getting to the free-throw line.

They also shared the ball well and got one of their most productive bench scoring nights of the season.

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Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press looked at the play of former BYU Cougar Ziggy Ansah in big games heading into the Detroit Lions’ playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

After talking about Ansah’s play of late after a slow start, Pasche wrote, “The Lions defensive end could make a huge difference in the Lions’ wild-card game at Seattle when the defense tries to contain quarterback Russell Wilson.”

She then quoted Ansah talking about how the Lions where successful when the two teams met in 2015 in a game where he finished with two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

He said, “It was just executing, we just came out there to play as hard as we can and we were just executing the plays.”

Jazz won’t give up on keeping Gordon Hayward

Sean Deveney of Sporting News broke down how all the Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics talk started and what it means in free agency.

After looking at Hayward’s connection to Boston coach Brad Stevens and Hayward’s first foray into free agency, Deveney wrote, “To date, at least, the Hayward-to-Boston story has been more myth than reality. But the Celtics will have their best shot at him in the coming months, with Hayward hitting unrestricted free agency this summer and Boston easily able to clear enough cap room to make him a max offer.”

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