Townes Scores 18 In Loss At BYU

Townes Scores 18 In Loss At BYU


Pacific Courtside postgame report, BYU

PROVO, Utah - BYU shot 19-of-25 from the free throw line Saturday evening, propelling the Cougars to an 91-62 win over Pacific in West Coast Conference (WCC) action inside the Marriott Center.

Eric Mika tallied a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds for BYU (12-5, 3-1 WCC) to lead five Cougars in double figures. Elijah Bryant added 13 of his 17 points in the first 20 minutes. T.J. Haws had 12 of his 15 points in the first half. Yoeli Childs had 14 points, while Nick Emery scored 12.

The Cougars shot 94.1 percent (16-of-17) from the charity stripe in the first period.

BYU was 50.8 percent (31-of-61) from the floor and 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from deep. The Cougars finished 76 percent from the line.

Anthony Townes scored 12 of his game-high 18 points for Pacific (7-10, 1-3 WCC) in the first 20 minutes. The 18 points tied a career-high that he previously scored twice this season: Dec. 15, 2016, against North Carolina A&T and Dec. 29, 2016, against Portland. Townes was 8-of-14 shooting.

Jacob Lampkin scored 10 points for the Tigers. Keshon Montague scored a career-high seven points, all in the second half, while T.J. Wallace added six to go along with two steals. 

All 13 active Tigers played at least 10 minutes Saturday, with eleven finding the scoring column.

The Tigers shot 25-of-29 from the free throw line in last season's five-point win at BYU but only got to the line 21 times Saturday, making 10.

Pacific shot 34.3 percent (24-of-70) overall and made four 3s, extending its streak of consecutive games with at least one made trey to 902.

The Cougars opened the contest on an 11-3 run, finished off on a Mika old-fashioned three-point play. The Tigers closed within three, 15-12, at the 13:53 mark following a Lampkin jumper, but BYU scored the next six points in a row and closed the half outscoring the Orange and Black 32-17 to lead 47-29 at intermission.

"The game was manageable for about 14 minutes, and then BYU took off a bit," Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire said. "But even going into the half, if we would have come out aggressively in the second half, and took some things away, we could have stayed in the game."

Pacific was never able to get any closer than 16 points in the final 20 minutes, as Townes scored on back-to-back jumpers in the paint 39 seconds into the half.

Pacific returns to the Alex G. Spanos Center to host Pepperdine on Thursday, Jan. 12. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. PT.