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BYU makes school record 19 3-pointers, defeats Westminster 100-70 at Vivint Arena
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — BYU made a program record 19 3-pointers en route to a 100-70 win over Westminster Tuesday night at Vivint Arena. The Cougars never trailed in the game and had five players score in double figures including a team-high 15 from Gideon George and Jaxson Robinson.
"It's a great environment to play in," said head coach Mark Pope. "For the guys to come back from the Bahamas and put together a really solid performance, I was super pleased."
The Cougars shot a season-high 54.7 percent from the field and 51.4 percent from 3-point range as they improved to 5-3 on the season and 3-0 all-time against the Griffins. They also forced a season-high 22 turnovers including 14 steals.
Noah Waterman got things going for the Cougars early, propelling them to an 18-4 lead in the first half. The newcomers scored BYU’s first 22 points with Waterman starting 4-of-4 from the field for 10 points with Rudi Williams and Robinson chipping in six each.
The Cougars opened the game shooting 86 percent from the floor, leading 31-15 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the half. Senior guard Taylor Miller led the Griffins attack early, scoring 7 points with just under 8:00 remaining in the half.
BYU’s three-point shooting was lights out in the first half, as the Cougars shot a blistering 72.0 percent (13-of-18) from downtown, as BYU led 63-26 going into the locker room. Their 13 3-pointers were the second-most in a first half in program history while Robinson went 5-of-5 from deep making him one of three players in program history to achieve the feat.
George led the Cougars early in the second half, swishing his first two threes as BYU extended its lead to 75-31. Freshman Tanner Toolson scored his first points as a Cougar with a three-pointer from the corner, extending the BYU lead to 81-39.
Toolson’s second three-pointer of the evening broke the Cougars’ school record for three-pointers in a game, giving them 19 on the night and breaking the previous record of 18 set back twice in 2020.
BYU will next play against South Dakota and again at Vivint Arena on Saturday, December 3, at 1:30 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and can be heard live on BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, BYURadio.org/BYU Radio app or KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
BYU set to take on Westminster on Tuesday at Vivint Arena
PROVO – BYU men’s basketball returns to the Beehive State on Tuesday, November 29, when the Cougars face Westminster at Vivint Arena. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Salt Lake City.
Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast on BYUtv. Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant will also be on the call on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio Sirius XM 143 and KSL 102.7/1160 AM.
BYU Notes (4-3 0-0 WCC)
- BYU finished seventh at the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis after overcoming a 23-point first half deficit in its 79-75 victory over Dayton on Friday.
- Gideon George scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second half and overtime marking the sixth time this season he has scored in double figures.
- The Cougars rank first in the West Coast Conference and 28th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (13.6/game).
Head Coach – Mark Pope
- Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
- Division I Career Record: 149-56(8th Season)
- Record at BYU: 72-29 (4th Season)
Westminster Notes (0-5, 0-0 RMAC)
- Tuesday’s game will be an exhibition for Westminster as they are currently 0-5 on the season.
- The Griffins are averaging 69.8 points per game, shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 28.0 percent from three and 63.8 percent from the free throw line.
- Trey Farrer is the leading scorer for the Griffins as the junior is averaging 20.0 points per game. He has scored in double figures in all five games this season including a career-high 32 against UT Permian Basin.
Head Coach – Norm Parrish
- Alma Mater: Northwest Nazarene, 1988
- Record at Westminster: 100-84 (8th Season)
- Series Record: 2-0
- Last Meeting: BYU won 65-53 , 12/28/21
- H/A/N: 2-0/0-0/0-0
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Jason Shepherd
- Streamed Audio: BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, KSL 102.7/1160 AM, BYURadio.org, BYU Radio app
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell, Mark Durrant
- Live stats: BYUCougars.com