BYU basketball analysis: How the Cougars got a big road win over the Tigers

The BYU Cougars overcame a tough offensive performance to knock off the Pacific Tigers 62-47 on Saturday afternoon.

Eric Mika and TJ Haws carried the offense through a 42.9 percent shooting day as the Cougars improved to 15-6 on the season, including 6-2 in West Coast Conference play.

Mika had his seventh straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three blocks while Haws had 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 6 from beyond the arc.

Ray Bowles was the only Tiger to score in double figures, finishing with 14 points in the loss.

Why the Cougars won

While the Cougars made some timely shots and got some stops at the defensive end, it was the Tigers’ poor shooting that played the biggest role in the BYU win. Pacific had plenty of open looks from in close and from beyond the arc, but just couldn’t find the range.

The Tigers also struggled from the foul line as they connected on just 6 of 15 attempts.

The turning point

Holding a three-point lead early in the second half, Nick Emery scored eight straight Cougar points to open up a 37-28 lead before he left the game with an injury.

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