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July 27, 2021

BYU basketball holds off hot-shooting Weber State to move to 4-0 vs. in-state schools

SALT LAKE CITY — In Monday night’s win over Texas Southern, Alex Barcello dished out a career-high 10 assists, many of them to Brandon Averette for his career-high 30 points.

Two nights later, it was BA’s time to return the favor to AB.

They both got plenty of help, too, from Averette’s helpers.

Barcello scored 12 points with five assists and Averette added 13 points, five rebounds and career-high seven assists to help the Cougars hold off a hot-shooting night from Weber State 87-79 at Vivint Arena to beat their fourth and final in-state opponent Wednesday night.

Matt Haarms added 15 points and five rebounds; Caleb Lohner supplied 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds; and Richard Harward had 11 points off the bench to help the Cougars (9-2), who shrugged off a slow start to lead 41-32 at halftime but watched as the Wildcats shot 10-of-24 from 3-point range and shrunk the lead as low as 4 points with 7:47 left to play.

But upstarts from the Big Sky could get no closer, with Harward knocking down back-to-back shots inside to set up a 7-2 run courtesy of Averette and Barcello and keep the lead intact.

Zahir Porter scored 16 points for the Wildcats and Seikou Sisoho Jawara added a career-high 16 points, four rebounds and five assists. Dontay Bassett supplied 13 points and three rebounds for Weber State.

While the Wildcats couldn’t miss from three, making five of their first 11 3-point attempts in the second half, the Cougars were ice cold. BYU made just one of thier first eight 3-point attempts after halftime and finished just 6-of-22 from deep.

Weber State was 10-of-29 from 3-point range.

This story will be updated.


Sean Walker

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