BYU Cougs in the news: Jake Toolson has big scoring night; Three former Cougars find new homes in the pros

By: Jay Yeomans

Published: November 7, 2018

It was the start of the college basketball season on Tuesday for many of the former BYU Cougars who decided to finish their careers at other schools.

Jake Toolson had the best performance of the bunch as he carried the Utah Valley Wolverines to a 96-71 win over Westminster. In the win, he finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the field, including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc. He added three assists and a pair of rebounds in 32 minutes.

Toolson and the Wolverines are back on the floor as they head across town to face off with the Cougars.

Jordan Chatman also saw big minutes as the Boston College Eagles came back from a 10-point halftime deficit to knock off the Milwaukee Panthers, 73-53. In the comeback win, he totaled seven points on 2-for-9 shooting from the field, 1-for-4 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 from the foul line. He also recorded three rebounds, two assists and a steal while playing 39 minutes.

Chatman and the Eagles are back in action on Sunday when the Saint Francis Terriers come to town.

Kajon Brown made the start for the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in a 94-63 loss to No. 23 LSU. In the setback, he managed two points on 1 of 4 shooting from the field while collecting three rebounds in 14 minutes.

Brown and the Lions will look to bounce back from the rough opening-night performance on Friday when the William Carey Crusaders pay them a visit.

As for Steven Beo, he missed a 32-point opening night loss to Syracuse with an unspecified injury, according to a tweet from Ryan Collingwood of the Spokesman Review.

Things won’t get any easier for the Eagles who head to Oregon to square off with the No. 14 ranked Ducks on Friday night.

Cougs in the pros

A trio of former Cougars have found new homes to play their professional ball in recent weeks.

After playing his first season of pro ball in Canada, Damarcus Harrison has made his way to the Latvia-Estonian League (yes they have pro ball in Latvia and Estonia), where he is playing on one of the best teams.

Since joining Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev part way through the season, Harrison has had some really nice games. His best showing coming in a 120-109 win over Valmiera Glas/Vidzemes when he totaled 25 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 6-for-7 from the foul line. He added four rebounds and an assist while playing 41 minutes.

Through six games, Harrison is averaging 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.8 steals in 31.7 minutes.

Ambrosino joins team in Argentina

Despite just wrapping up a very successful season in Bolivia, Agustin Ambrosino is already back on the floor after joining Atletico Argentino Junin on Argentina.

Ambrosino had a productive night on Monday in a 96-81 loss to Obras, finishing with nine points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 at the foul line. He also chipped in with four rebounds and a steal in 17 minutes.

Bartley to start pro career in Canada

After two really good seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette to end his college career, former BYU guard Frank Bartley IV is heading up north to start his pro career.

Bartley signed a deal to join the Saint John Riptide of Canada’s NBL, according to the team’s website.

The Riptide have an exhibition game on Sunday before starting their regular season on November 18th against the Island Storm.

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