BYU basketball analysis: How the Cougars beat the Dons

The BYU Cougars used a strong performance from Yoeli Childs to regain sole possession of third place with a 68-52 win over the San Francisco Dons on Saturday night.

Childs finished with 23 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the floor to go along with a career-high 17 rebounds as the Cougars bounced back from an embarrassing road setback to Pepperdine with their best road showing of the season.

TJ Haws added 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals while Eric Mika chipped in with 12 points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Chase Foster was the only Don to score in double figures with 10 points off the bench

Why the Cougars won

A strong rebounding night from the Cougars coupled with the Dons failing to make shots led to the win. BYU won the battle of the backboards 50-41 and held San Francisco to just 24.7 percent shooting from the floor.

The turning point

After a Jordan Ratinho 3-point shot cut the BYU lead to 15-12, the Cougars closed the first half on a 21-10 run to open up the 14 lead. Childs was huge during that stretch with 11 of the Cougars’ points.

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