BYU basketball analysis: How the Cougars got pounded by the Waves

BYU had no answers for the sweet-shooting stroke of the Pepperdine Waves as the Cougars got blasted 99-83 on Thursday night. The Waves shot well from all over the floor as they connected on 57.8 percent from the field, including 53.3 percent from beyond the arc and 85 percent from the foul line.

Lamond Murray Jr. paced the Waves with 30 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and a perfect 10 of 10 from the foul line.

He also received plenty of help as four other Waves scored in double figures, including Chris Reyes who managed 16 points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds and four assists. Elijah Lee added 16 points and six assists off the bench while Jeremy Major chipped in with 14 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

Nick Emery led the way for the Cougars with 19 points on 8 for 12 shooting from the floor while Eric Mika added 18 points, five rebounds and four blocks in 22 minutes before he fouled out.

The Cougars also got double-figure scoring nights from Elijah Bryant and TJ Haws who had 15 and 14 points respectively.


Why the Cougars lost

The Cougars were beaten in every way in an embarrassing setback to the Waves. Most notably, they gave up far too many open looks and Pepperdine made them pay.

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