Brigham Young University
Feb 18 | 05:00 PM
80 - 52
University of the Pacific
Alex G. Spanos Center

3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton CA 95211

Braden Taylor | Posted: 18 Feb 2021 | Updated: 8 Nov 2021
Braden Taylor

Lohner’s career night fuels BYU’s 80-52 win over Pacific

Caleb Lohner vs Pacific 2021
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STOCKTON, Calif. – Freshman forward Caleb Lohner scored a career-high 19 points to lead BYU basketball to an 80-52 blowout win against Pacific at the Alex G. Spanos Center on Thursday.

Lohner made six of his eight field goal attempts, including a career-high five 3s, to lead the team in scoring. The true freshman also added a team-high nine rebounds and a steal to his stat line.

“The best thing Caleb did tonight was his defensive performance," said BYU head coach Mark Pope. "We talked about Jeremiah Bailey the whole last week. He’s been putting on a show. Caleb was fundamentally sound the entire night defensively, and that’s not easy.”

Sophomore guard Trevin Knell dropped four 3-pointers of his own to record a career-high 15 points. Senior guards Alex Barcello and Brandon Averette also reached double figures in scoring, finishing with 15 points and 10 points, respectively. Averette also dished out a team-high seven assists while Barcello led the team with three steals.

BYU (16-5, 7-3 WCC) shot 48.1 percent from both the field and behind the arc, dropping 13 treys on the night. The Cougars outrebounded Pacific (6-7, 3-6 WCC) 31-22 and forced 12 Tiger turnovers.

Senior center Matt Haarms and Lohner combined to score the first nine points for BYU, giving the Cougars an early four-point edge. Lohner knocked down his second 3-pointer of the game and junior center Richard Harward scored in the post to increase the lead to 14-7.

After six-straight points by the Tigers brought the score within one point, Harward knocked down a pair of free throws to make the score 16-13 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Barcello made a pair of free throws before finding Haarms for a dunk on the pick and roll to maintain the three-point advantage, 22-19.

Knell drained a 3 while drawing a foul and converted from the charity stripe for a rare four-point play. Barcello added three more free throws and sophomore guard Spencer Johnson scored a jumper to give BYU a double-digit lead, 31-20. Knell knocked down another trey while both Barcello and Lohner scored in the closing moments of the first half to enter halftime up 38-26.

The Cougars shot 46.2 percent from the field and made 10 of 11 free throw attempts in the first half. BYU outrebounded Pacific 16-9, including four offensive boards.

Averette scored a pair of baskets from behind the arc at the start of the second period. Barcello tallied three more free throws before draining a 3-pointer of his own to increase the lead to 50-33.

A driving floater by Knell and back-to-back 3s by Lohner stretched the Cougars’ advantage to 23 points, 58-35. Lohner scored again from deep, his fifth 3-pointer of the night, and junior forward Gideon George made a layup to make the score 63-40.

BYU continued its 3-point barrage as Knell scored consecutive treys and junior forward Kolby Lee drained a shot from behind the arc. The Cougars continued to cruise down the stretch on their way to an 80-52 victory.

BYU will remain on the road for a matchup against Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Feb. 20, in Los Angeles, California. Tip-off at Gersten Pavillion is schedule for noon PST. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network and broadcast on the BYU Sports Networks on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

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Jon McBride | Posted: 16 Feb 2021 | Updated: 20 Feb 2021
Jon McBride

BYU to Take on Pacific Thursday on the Road

Brandon Averette driving to the basket against Pacific

PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball will face Pacific (6-6, 3-5) Thursday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif. The Cougars are coming off of an 82-71 loss to No. 1 Gonzaga more than a week ago, and have not played since then due to a pair of postponed matchups this past week.

The BYU-Pacific game will air on CBS Sports Network at 5 p.m. PST. It will also be broadcast live on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

BYU Notes (15-5, 6-3 West Coast Conference)

  • The Cougars are 15-5, most recently falling to No. 1 Gonzaga at home on Feb. 8.
  • BYU is No. 2 in the WCC standings.
  • BYU has wins over Portland (twice), Pacific, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Saint Mary’s, Weber State, Texas Southern, No. 18 San Diego State, Utah, Utah State, St. John’s, Utah Valley, New Orleans and Westminster. The four losses were to USC, Boise State, No. 1 Gonzaga (twice) and Pepperdine.
  • BYU is led by senior guard Alex Barcello who is averaging 15.5 points, 4.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. Barcello has been among the top three-point shooters in the nation this season, but has cooled off a bit recently. He led BYU in scoring against Gonzaga with 20 points. It was his eighth performance with 20+ points this season.
  • Brandon Averette and Matt Haarms, BYU’s other two senior leaders along with Barcello, are the next behind Barcello in scoring with 11.4 and 10.8 points per game respectively.
  • BYU’s bench production has been big this season, outscoring opponents in 18 of 20 games played.
  • BYU has never lost back-to-back games in the Mark Pope era and has the third-longest active streak of games played without consecutive losses at 54. The two teams above them are Houston and Gonzaga.

Head Coach – Mark Pope

  • Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
  • Division I Career Record: 116-69 (6th season)
  • Record at BYU: 39-13 (2nd season)

 Pacific Notes (6-6, 3-5 West Coast Conference)

  • Pacific is 6-6, with its most recent result being an 80-76 loss at LMU last Saturday.
  • Pacific is No. 7 in the WCC standings.
  • The Tigers have lost five of their last six games, after starting the season 5-1.
  • Pacific has wins this season over UC Riverside, Montana State, Westmont College, Santa Clara, LMU and Portland. Its losses have come to Nevada, Pepperdine, Gonzaga (twice), BYU and LMU.
  • The Tigers have played only 12 games this season. From Dec. 4 through Jan. 13, Pacific played just one game, and have had a total of 15 games cancelled or postponed this season.
  • Pacific is led by guard Dannis Jenkins who is averaging 12.9 points per game. Jenkins was Pacific’s first ever WCC All Freshman Team selection last season.
  • Forward Jeremiah Bailey is right behind Jenkins, averaging 12.3 points per game. He’s coming off of a career-high 28 points scored last Saturday against LMU.

Head Coach – Damon Stoudamire

  • Alma Mater: Arizona, 1995
  • Division I Career Record: 68-74 (5th Season)
  • Record at Pepperdine: 68-74 (5th Season)

Series Information

  • All-Time Series: BYU leads 11-6
  • Last Meeting: BYU won 95-87 in double overtime on Jan. 30 in Provo

Broadcast Information

  • TV: CBS Sports Network
  • TV Talent: Rich Waltz (play-by-play), Dan Dikau (analyst)
  • Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM
  • Streamed Audio: and the BYU Radio, BYUCougars and BYU Gameday apps
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play)
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