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BYU Escapes With 69-59 Win Over Pacific

Brigham Young Cougars forward Yoeli Childs is fouled by Pacific Tigers forward Anthony Townes during NCAA basketball in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – After a slow start, the BYU Cougars were able to hold of the Pacific Tigers to claim a 69-59 win.

Yoeli Childs had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead BYU. Conner Harding poured in 13 points, while T. J. Haws posted 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists.

Only six players from Pacific scored, led by Roberto Gallinat with 15 points. Jahlil Tripp, Anthony Townes, Jeremiah Bailey and Lafayette Dorsey all scored 9 points apiece. Kendall Small added 8 points.

The Tigers jumped out to a 15-9 lead, just 8 minutes into the game.

BYU would take the lead as they hit five shots from beyond the arc. After exchanging leads, the Cougars took a 33-30 lead into the locker room.

Childs had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play. Connor Harding had 8 points, including 2 three’s.

Pacific answered by outscoring BYU 11-8 in the first five minutes of the second half to tie the game at 41.

Harding made a layup, followed by a three by Nick Emery to give BYU some breathing room with a four point lead with 8 minutes left.

The Tigers took the lead briefly before Gavin Baxter gave BYU the lead back on a put back.

BYU went on a 9-0 run to give themselves a 65-57 lead with 2 minutes remaining, Pacific was in a scoring drought that lasted over 6 minutes.

The Cougars held serve in the final moments to pick up the win.

Up Next

BYU improved to 16-10 on the season and 8-3 in the West Coast Conference and have won their last three games.

They will travel to San Diego on Thursday at 7 p.m. on AT&T SportsNet. This will be the first of two meetings between the two teams.

Both schools won a game last season with BYU winning 74-58 in Provo, while San Diego picking up the 75-62 victory on their home floor.