BYU basketball takes flight over Seattle Pacific in final exhibition game


It may have started off a tight contest, but after Collinsworth took a half-court feed from Anson Winder for a two-handed jam, it all started coming together for the Cougars as they eased their way to a 75—44 victory over Seattle Pacific to close out exhibition play Saturday night at the Marriott Center.

The buzzing energy and the emotion from the Cougars was nothing like football in its current state.

An enthusiastic dunk from the Collinsworth was all the student section needed to get going, and yet, they were the only points he scored all evening.

I couldn’t have said it any better.

The cohesiveness of the seniors was never in question going into the 2014—15 season, how to incorporate all the transfers and an 18-man roster was, however. Saturday night proved Fischer to be a real threat, off the dribble and from beyond the arc, as the junior guard led all scorers with 21 points, 2-for-5 from beyond the arc, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Haws, per usual, delivered timely shots, connecting on 7-for-11 from the field for 15 points.

Freshman Corbin Kaufusi delivered on the defensive end, tallying three huge blocks in the second half.

The Cougars’ last exhibition game before the start of the regular season meant nothing, but it certainly didn’t feel that way. There was hustle, heart and little bit of Frank Bartley IV.

With 7:33 to go before halftime, Bartley coiled off a feed from Fischer and mercilessly threw down a one-handed jam.

The Cougars did all the little things well in the first half, out assisting the Falcons by 5 and capitalize on turnovers, turning nine steals and a block into 20 points. Haws led all scorers at halftime with 11, and nine Cougars tallied points in what was a well-balanced first-half offense.

BYU took a 40—30 lead into halftime.

A smooth jumper from Haws to open second-half scoring and a huge swat from Josh Sharp at the other end gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game at 14 early in the second half.

The Cougars, not a model team in three-point shooting percentage last year, struggled again in efficiency beyond the arc, but were helped out after Chase Fischer hit back-to-back threes midway through the second half.

BYU then stretched the lead to 25 with 7:10 remaining, benefitting from the added defense down low from Corbin Kaufusi, who had two huge blocks late in the second half.

The Cougars first regular season game will be at home in the Marriott Center against Long Beach  State Nov. 14.



Steven is an online intern majoring in Communications at Brigham Young University. His interests include playing golf, reading fiction and having fun with his family.

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