BYU basketball's Elijah Bryant named WCC player of the week after 39-point game

Monday , February 27, 2017 - 4:35 PM

This information was provided by Kyle Chilton of BYU Athletics. It has been edited for length and clarity.

The West Coast Conference has named BYU guard Elijah Bryant its men’s basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 27. Bryant is the second Cougar to win WCC Player of the Week Honors this season as sophomore Eric Mika is a three-time honoree.

A sophomore from Gwinnett, Georgia, Bryant led BYU to a 2-0 week with wins at Portland (97-78) and No. 1 Gonzaga (79-71). Bryant averaged 26.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 50 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from 3 and 100 percent from the free-throw line.

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Bryant had a career night at Portland, scoring a career-high 39 points while adding five rebounds, six assists and one block. He shot 10 of 17 from the field, including 7 of 12 from 3, and made 12 of 12 from the free-throw line.

At Gonzaga, Bryant totaled 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals to help the Cougars knock off the previously undefeated Bulldogs. Bryant scored 10 first half points and helped BYU recover from an 18-2 deficit to trail by just six at the half.

Bryant made several key plays down the stretch, starting with hitting a pair of free throws to tie the game at 69-69 with 3:22 to go. With 1:52 remaining, he hit a driving layup to tie the score at 71-71 and on the next possession, assisted the basket that put the Cougars ahead for good.

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