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Cameron Muh | Posted: 9 Dec 2020 | Updated: 15 Jan 2021
Cameron Muh

Slow start hurts Cougars in loss to Broncos

Spencer Johnson layup


PROVO, Utah — BYU men's basketball fell to 5-2 on the season after losing to Boise State 74-70 at the Marriott Center on Wednesday.

"Congratulations to Boise State," said BYU head coach Mark Pope. "We knew they were a good team coming in. They’re very talented in multiple positions. They came out with some fire and passion to start out the game, and we could not respond. I was proud of my guys for hanging in there, fighting, battling through frustration and staying locked in, but we just weren’t quite good enough to get it done."

The Cougars failed to score in the first 9:39 of the game, which proved to be the difference maker. Alex Barcello didn’t score until 49 seconds before the half, but led BYU with 22 points. He also had three rebounds and three assists.

After a scoreless opening minute and a half, the Broncos got on the board first with a triple. Boise State scored on back-to-back possessions and the Cougars faced an early 7-0 deficit.

The Broncos got another 3-pointer to go, scored on a put-back lay-in and a fast break dunk, putting them up 14-0. BYU finally scored its first points on a Matt Haarms layup at the 11:21 mark.

The Cougars then got a stop and Haarms completed an and-one layup to cut the Bronco lead to nine. Boise State scored five straight, pushing their lead back to 14.

Spencer Johnson got a tough layup to go with the shot clock winding down, making it 19-7, Boise State. Richard Harward scored in the paint, cutting the lead to 10. A Brandon Averette floater made it 21-11.

Two free throws by Caleb Lohner cut the lead to eight at 21-13, but a 5-0 Bronco run had BYU down 13 once more. A Haarms hook and a Connor Harding free throw made it 28-16.

A pair of free throws and a trey by Barcello cut the Boise lead to nine at 30-21 at the half. The Cougars shot 33.3% from the field and 1-10 from deep in the first 20 minutes. Haarms led BYU at the half with seven points.

Boise State shot 38.2% from the field and 40% from three in the half. Derrick Alston led the Broncos with 10 first half points. RayJ Dennis also added eight points.

Two Haarms free throws got the Cougars got on the board in the second half. A Barcello triple then drew BYU within eight, at 32-26. Boise State scored on three straight possessions before Harward scored on a put-back layup, making it 39-29.

Harward scored on a tip-in, drew a charge on the other end, and then got the assist on a kick-out to Johnson who knocked down a three, drawing the Cougars within six. Harding hit a jumper at the top of the key, and it was 42-36.

Another Harward layup and Haarms hook brought the score to 46-40, Boise State. Barcello hit Johnson on the break for a trey and the lead was cut to three. Wyatt Lowell then knocked down a 3-pointer, drawing BYU within two, 48-46.

Barcello then tied it up at 48 with a step-back jumper in the paint. The Broncos look the lead again, but a driving Johnson layup made it a two-point game. Haarms then went 1-2 from the free throw line and it was 54-51.

The Broncos pushed the lead back to nine before a Haarms floater made it a seven-point game. A deep trey by Barcello and a reverse layup by Haarms had the score at 68-54. Another 3-pointer by Barcello then made it a four-point game.

One free throw and a floater by Barcello had BYU down five, 69-64. Haarms scored on a layup off a pass from Averette and the Cougars were once again within three at 69-66.

A floater by Averette made it 70-68, Boise State, and BYU tied it up on a driving Barcello layup with 36 seconds remaining. The Broncos hit a nearly wide-open three on the other end, leaving the Cougars with 7.5 seconds.

Coming out of a timeout, Barcello missed a contested triple off a dribble handoff with Averette, forcing BYU to foul. Boise State then hit one free throw to ice it and win 74-70.

The Broncos shot 46.6% from the field and 60% from three on the night. They had four players in double figures. Dennis finished with 19, Abu Kigab added 14, Emmanuel Akot had 13 and Alston scored 12.

BYU shot 50% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc on the night. Haarms scored a season-high 18 points, with four rebounds and one block. Johnson matched his season-high with 10 points, and he also had two rebounds and two assists.

The Cougars will be back at the Marriott Center on Saturday, Dec. 12, to face rival Utah at 4 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on BYUtv and broadcast on the Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

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BYU vs. BSU Box Score

This story was originally published in the Daily Universe.


Duff Tittle | Posted: 8 Dec 2020 | Updated: 24 Dec 2020
Duff Tittle

Cougars face Broncos Wednesday night

Matt Haarms defends a UVU forward

PROVO, Utah – BYU men's basketball returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 9, as the Cougars host Boise State in the Marriott Center at 7 p.m. MST. 

The game will be televised live on BYUtv (DirecTV: 374, DISH: 9403) and the BYUtv app. The game 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 (5-1, 0-0 West Coast Conference)

  • The Cougars are off to a 5-1 start, including a win at Utah State last Saturday. BYU is shooting 45.8 percent from the floor as a team and are averaging 78.3 points per game.
  • BYU is led by Alex Barcello who is averaging 19.2 points and 3.3 assists per game. Barcello has scored 115 point in six games and entered the week No. 2 in the nation in points scored.
  • Purdue transfer Matt Haarms has started the last three games for BYU, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking 10 shots in those games. 
  • BYU leads the all-time series with Boise State 9-5. The teams last met in 2019-20, for the first time in 11 years, with Boise State winning in overtime 72-68. Boise State is 1-6 all-time in the Marriott Center.
  • BYU returns its top two rebounders from last year’s contest in Kolby Lee (7) and Barcello (7) but lost its leading scorer in Jake Toolson, who scored 19 points. 

Head Coach – Mark Pope

  • Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
  • Division I Career Record: 106-65 (5th)
  • Record at BYU: 29-9 (2nd)

Boise State Notes (2-1, 0-0 Mountain West)

  • Boise State is 2-1 to begin the season with wins over Sam Houston State and College of Idaho and a loss on the road to No. 17 ranked Houston. 
  • During the 2019-20 season, Boise State gave BYU its second loss of the year after a 72-68 result in overtime in Boise.
  • The Broncos return its leading scorer and rebounder from last year’s contest in Derrick Alston, who scored 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Head Coach – Leon Rice

  • Alma Mater: Washington State, 1986
  • Division I Career Record: 200-129 (11th Season)
  • Record at Boise State: 200-129 (11th Season)

Game Information

  • TV: BYUtv (DirecTV: 374, DISH: 9403)
  • TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analyst), Spencer Linton (courtside)
  • Live Video: BYUtv App
  • Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Stats: