Te’Jon Lucas had 18 factors and 7 assists to lead No. 18 BYU to an 81-64 victory over Texas Southern on Wednesday evening.

Lucas matched his season excessive in assists and completed with zero turnovers for the primary time this season. He helped the Cougars overcome 39% capturing from the sector.

“Man, he’s a gifted playmaker,” BYU coach Mark Pope mentioned.

Fousseyni Traore scored 13 factors whereas Alex Barcello scored 12 and Gavin Baxter added 11 for the Cougars (5-0). Gideon George had 10 factors and a career-high 16 rebounds.

BYU improved to 12-0 all-time vs. Southwestern Athletic Conference groups.

P.J. Henry led the Tigers (0-6) with 21 factors. Brison Gresham added 12 factors and 9 rebounds for Texas Southern, which fell to 0-4 all-time towards BYU. The Tigers additionally shot 39% from the sector.

“Fantastic basketball team,” Texas Southern coach Johnny Jones mentioned. “Very talented and skilled. I think they have the potential to be a better squad than they were a year ago.”

Texas Southern took a fast 4-0 lead on back-to-back baskets from Justin Hopkins and Gresham earlier than BYU seized management.

Defensively, the Cougars clamped down on the Tigers for a protracted stretch within the first half. Texas Southern missed 12 of 14 field-goal makes an attempt over a 9 1/2-minute stretch. It opened the door for BYU to construct a double-digit lead.

Hopkins made 4 free throws in lower than a minute to trim BYU’s benefit to 32-26.

Spencer Johnson, George and Barcello every made 3-pointers to prolong the Cougars’ lead to 43-30 going into halftime.

“They fought hard,” Lucas mentioned. “Give them all the credit. They punched us in the mouth a lot of times and we (were) able to respond.”

BYU maintained a double-digit lead all through the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Texas Southern: The Tigers have but to play a house sport. They received’t make their dwelling debut till Jan. 8 towards Arkansas-Pine Bluff — their 14th sport of the season.

BYU: The Cougars as soon as once more confirmed tenacity in dominating across the basket. They regularly attacked the rim for high-percentage pictures. BYU completed with a 52-38 rebounding benefit and outscored Texas Southern 20-5 in second-chance factors.

UP NEXT

Texas Southern has every week off earlier than enjoying at Louisiana Tech on Dec. 1.

BYU visits archrival Utah on Saturday.