Three Observations From BYU’s Resume Building Win Over San Diego State

Nov 12, 2021, 10:53 PM

BYU Basketball - Te'Jon Lucas...

Brigham Young Cougars guard Te'Jon Lucas (3) dribbles between San Diego State Aztecs forward Nathan Mensah (31) and San Diego State Aztecs guard Keith Dinwiddie Jr. (10) during a men’s basketball game at the Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. BYU won 66-60. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – BYU basketball defeated San Diego State 66-60 in the Marriott Center in front of a crowd of 16,470. Here are the three takeaways from BYU’s big win to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

Alex Barcello continues to deliver clutch performances

The senior guard in the first half was BYU’s leading scorer with nine points on only five field goal attempts. After the first 20 minutes, it felt like Barcello wasn’t looking for his shot enough. Well, he picked his spots.

Even Mark Pope said in postgame he’d love to see more shots from his super senior leader.

In the second half, Barcello put up another five attempts, but they were big shots.

The highlight was coming out of the under-four timeout in the second half; Barcello jacked up a corner with SDSU senior Adam Seiko yanking his arm down in the process. Somehow there wasn’t a foul called, but even more surprising, Barcello knocked down the three.

It came on a night where BYU was shooting 18% from beyond the arc to that point of the game. Barcello, the AP Honorable Mention All-American from last season, showed that clutch gene that BYU will need this season if they hope to make a deep run in March.

BYU shut down Matt Bradley

San Diego State guard Matt Bradley is one of the most prolific scorers out west as he transferred from the Cal Beras. BYU basketball kept Bradley in check to only eight points, a big win for BYU’s defense.

Both Gideon George and Seneca Knight were tasked with the tall order of keeping Bradley in check. Mark Pope praised their defensive efforts.

What also helped the defensive success against Bradley was that he had two fouls in the first half but played 23 total minutes in the game.

Final five … maybe the best five?

BYU’s final lineup after the under-four-minute timeout. Mark Pope called on Alex Barcello, Te’Jon Lucas, Seneca Knight, Caleb Lohner, and Fouss Traore to close the game.

Three of those five players were not part of the BYU program a season ago, and if you add Caleb Lohner, it was his first authentic Marriott Center experience. They were the final five, but they might be the best five in the program right now.

Fouss Trayore has been a revelation at the four and five spots, not shy on the big stage. Then Te’Jon Lucas displayed brilliant passing abilities to find his open teammates.

The rotations have been solid through the first two games, but they found their closing lineup most importantly.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

Cougar Tracks

Tyler Batty, BYU football, Returning 2024 season...

Mitch Harper

Tyler Batty Announces Return To BYU Football For One Final Season

Tyler Batty talked exclusively with KSL Sports about his decision to return to BYU football.

15 hours ago

BYU Football, Transfer Portal, Former Players, Jacob Conover...

Mitch Harper

How Former BYU Football Transfers Performed During 2023 Season

How did the transfers that left BYU fare in 2023? Taking a look at those guys.

5 days ago

BYU Football, Kalani Sitake, 2023 Season...

Mitch Harper

10 Things We Learned From BYU Football In 2023

What we learned from BYU's first season as a Big 12 football program.

6 days ago

BYU Football, Kalani Sitake, Big 12, Oklahoma State...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football Missing The Bowl Season Provides New Reality In Big 12

BYU closes out the 2023 season on a five-game losing-streak. The first time since 1955.

8 days ago

BYU vs Oklahoma State, Tyler Batty, Score Prediction...

Mitch Harper

BYU vs. Oklahoma State: Game Day Preview Plus Score Prediction

Game day is here for BYU football. Will it be the last game of the season? Or will the Cougars extend the season?

9 days ago

BYU Football, Superfan Jonathan Hokanson, Quick Quack Car Wash...

Mitch Harper

Car Wash Company Keeps BYU Football Superfan’s Attendance Streak Alive

BYU football superfan Jonathan Hokanson attends every Cougar game home or away. That streak was tested recently.

13 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

Three Observations From BYU’s Resume Building Win Over San Diego State