By: Jay Yeomans
Published: August 19, 2019
Florence, Italy – The BYU Cougars delivered a strong offensive performance on Monday as they opened up their four-game slate overseas with a 92-64 win over Lithuanian squad, BC Silute.
While the Cougars didn’t have a great shooting performance in their first game, they used some terrific ball movement and some strong work on the offensive glass to take home the big win.
In fact, the assist numbers were off the charts for the Cougars who handed out an astounding 31 assists on 35 made field goals. As for their work on the backboards, BYU easily won the rebounding battle, 50-30 overall, including 20-6 on the offensive end.
TJ Haws led the way for BYU in the win, registering a team-best 23 points on 70 percent shooting from the floor, including 5-for-8 from 3-point range and a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line. He also showed off his great court vision as he recorded 10 assists without a single turnover.
Jake Toolson added a double-double of his own in his first game back with the Cougars, registering 13 points on 4 of 11 shooting from distance to go along with a team-high 10 rebounds.
BYU also got a nice effort from Yoeli Childs who finished with 16 points on 53 percent shooting from the field, with eight rebounds (four on the offensive end), five assists, two blocks, and a steal.
Zac Seljaas was the only other Cougar to reach double figures in scoring as he put up 12 points on 50 percent shooting while adding five rebounds, a pair of assists, two steals and a block.
As for other key returning pieces, Gavin Baxter showed out well in the win, recording nine points, eight rebounds (four on the offensive end), two assists and two steals. Dalton Nixon chipped in with four points, six rebounds, and four helpers while Connor Harding managed just one point but did grab five boards and deliver three assists.
Three other BYU newcomers also got on the scoreboard, including Jesse Wade who totaled five points, while Arizona transfer Alex Barcello put up five points, four rebounds, and two assists. Utah Valley transfer Richard Harward rounded out the scoring with four points on 50 percent shooting from the floor.
The BYU Cougars Twitter page shared highlights of the big win.
Up next for the Cougars is a trip to Rome to face off with another club from Lithuania in LCC International on Tuesday.