PROVO, Utah (NWN) — Te’Jon Lucas’s 18 points and seven assists led BYU to an 81-64 victory over Texas Southern on Wednesday night.
For the Cougars (5-0), Fauseni Traore scored 13 points, while Alex Barcelo scored 12 and Gavin Baxter added 11. Gideon George had 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.
BYU improved to 12–0 versus the all-time Southwestern Athletic Conference teams.
PJ Henry led the Tigers (0-6) with 21 points. Bryson Gresham added 12 points and nine rebounds for Texas Southern, which fell to an all-time 0-4 against BYU.
Texas Southern took a quick 4-0 lead on back-to-back baskets from Justin Hopkins and Gresham before BYU took control.
Defensively, the Cougars held on to the Tigers for a long time in the first half. Texas Southern missed 12 of 14 field-goal attempts in the span of 9 1/2 minutes. It opened the door for BYU to take a double-digit lead.
Hopkins reduced BYU’s advantage to 32-26 by making four free throws in less than a minute.
Spencer Johnson, George and Barcelo scored 3-pointers to extend the Cougar’s lead to 43-30 going into halftime.
BYU maintained a two-point lead in the second half.
Texas Southern: The Tigers have yet to play a home game. They won’t make their home debut until January 8 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff – their 14th game of the season.
BYU: The Cougar once again persevered in dominating around the basket. They often attacked the rim for high-percentage shots. BYU finished with a 52-38 rebounding advantage and went past Texas Southern 20-5 in second-chance points.
Texas Southern has a week off before playing at Louisiana Tech on December 1.
BYU visits hardcore Utah on Saturdays.
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