BYU basketball: Late skirmish and ejections mars BYU’s rout of ASU

BYU handed its second main check of its 2023-24 nonconference basketball schedule late Thursday night time, walloping future Large 12 foe Arizona State 77-49 within the Vegas Showdown in Las Vegas.

Nevertheless, the excellent efficiency at Michelob Extremely Enviornment was marred by a combat that broke out with 34 seconds remaining within the sport. BYU’s Atiki Aly Atiki and ASU’s Akil Watson bought tousled after Atiki turned the ball over below BYU’s basket.

Atiki appeared to throw a punch, and was ejected from the competition. Watson was stored from retaliating by BYU coach Mark Pope, who ran onto the court docket and bought between the combatants. Watson was not ejected.

Atiki, who had two factors and 9 rebounds off the bench in quarter-hour, nearly actually will likely be suspended Friday towards North Carolina State within the event’s championship sport, per NCAA guidelines, for apparently putting Watson with an open hand.

Having scored a career-high 24 factors, BYU’s Noah Waterman was additionally ejected as a result of he left the bench in the course of the skirmish. Nevertheless, Waterman mustn’t have to sit down out of Friday’s sport as a result of he didn’t take part within the combat, based on Greg Wrubell of the BYU Sports activities Radio Community, citing the NCAA rule e-book.

“We’ll discover out extra most likely early tomorrow morning when the coordinators on the East Coast kinda give their enter,” Pope mentioned of potential repercussions on the BYU Sports activities Radio Community. “Noah Waterman had no intention of working on the market and preventing. He had the intention to assist his teammate. Now it doesn’t matter. It nonetheless warrants an ejection, and that’s on me and my workers. Our job is to maintain guys on the bench.”

BYU will meet North Carolina State (4-0) at roughly 8:30 p.m. MST within the event’s championship sport Friday. The Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 84-78 within the first semifinal.

“I’m hopeful that we discover some area right here to maneuver on to the subsequent sport. And we are going to see how that goes. I perceive the intuition of all our guys to need to have their man’s again,” Pope mentioned. “Universally we love Atiki a lot like we love each man on this group. And so when there’s a little scuffle everybody’s intuition is to go assist. We now have to be actually nice at preventing that intuition as a result of the implications are fairly dire. Hopefully we can have a full group intact tomorrow. That’s what we hope for.”

Thursday, in a sport that tipped off at 10:34 p.m. MST, the Cougars (5-0) unleashed one other massive taking pictures night time from 3-point vary to regulate the competition from begin to end. BYU completed 14 of 33 from deep and has made double-digit 3-pointers in all 5 of its video games this season.

Enjoying with out 7-footer Shawn Phillips, a switch from LSU who sustained a foot harm in final week’s 71-69 victory over UMass Lowell, Arizona State (2-2) might by no means get going offensively and completed taking pictures 33% from the ground and 10% (2 of 20) from 3-point vary. The Solar Devils are picked to complete sixth within the Pac-12.

Main 32-17 after a sloppy, brick-filled first half, the Cougars hit two fast 3-pointers to increase their benefit to 19 and when Trevin Knell hit a 3 with 16:50 left within the second half, BYU had a 41-22 lead and the Solar Devils had been just about completed.

Jaxson Robinson and Knell, BYU’s main and third-leading scorers, didn’t rating within the first half as Waterman led the Cougs with 13 within the first 20 minutes. However Knell completed with 9 and Robinson eight because the duo heated up within the second half.

“We lastly simply stored to what we all know and all of the arduous work (paid off),” Knell mentioned. “We lastly blew it open. “We knew it was going to be a battle. These (ASU) guys are some dudes. We needed to hold our hat on the defensive finish and with rebounds.”

Richie Saunders added 9 off the bench and 9 Cougars scored within the laugher.

The sport turned bodily late within the first half when Fousseyni Traore, BYU’s second-leading scorer, took an elbow to the face from Jose Perez that drew blood, however Traore was known as for the foul and left the sport with 1:26 remaining within the first half.

He performed within the second half with a bandage over his proper eye and completed with six factors and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes.

Later within the first half, Atiki and Perez collided and Perez went to the ground for a bit, however no foul was known as, drawing the ire of ASU coach Bobby Hurley.

Knell mentioned the Cougars had been in a “bizarre area” within the locker room after the sport not realizing precisely who will likely be obtainable to play Friday.

ASU hit its first three pictures to get out to an early 7-3 lead, however BYU answered with seven straight factors to get the benefit on the first media timeout. The Cougars stored scoring, the Solar Devils didn’t.

Neither group shot effectively within the first half, however the Cougars received the rebounding battle 32-16 within the first 20 minutes and took a 32-17 lead into the break.

BYU missed 10 straight pictures in the course of the primary half, however surged forward with a five-point possession and when Waterman hit his third 3-pointer of the primary half, the Cougars had a 15-point benefit.

Within the first half, when the sport was mainly received, the Cougars had been 6 of 19 (31.6%) from deep, however simply 5 of 16 from contained in the arc.

Arizona State was even colder, taking pictures 29% from the sphere and 9% (1 of 11) from 3-point vary in the course of the first 20 minutes.

“It feels nice,” Knell mentioned of the fifth win, and second over a Energy 5 foe, having downed No. 17 San Diego State in Sport 2. “Completely happy Thanksgiving to the Cougar Nation.”

BYU performed with out Charlotte switch Aly Khalifa and UC Irvine switch Dawson Baker, who’re coming off accidents. Freshman Marcus Adams Jr. additionally watched from the bench as a result of his request for an eligibility waiver has not been dominated upon by the NCAA.

Sophomore Dallin Corridor bought his first begin of the season, changing Trey Stewart within the beginning lineup, and had six factors, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 27 minutes.

The Cougars turned 18 offensive rebounds into 20 second-chance factors.

“We expect it’s considered one of our superpowers,” Pope mentioned of BYU’s offensive rebounding.


BYU’s Noah Waterman will get off a shot throughout victory over Morgan State within the Marriott Middle on Nov. 18, 2023. Waterman had an enormous night time within the the Cougars’ victory over Arizona State within the Vegas Showdown Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023.


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