PROVO -- Charles Abouo was feeling it, and so were the rest of the Cougars.
Brigham Young (21-6 overall, 9-3 West Coast Conference) smashed Pepperdine 86-48 on Saturday at the Marriott Center, getting a season-best 23 points from its senior forward and cruising to its highest margin of victory this season.
Abouo, who knocked down five 3-pointers, wfinished 7 of 11 overall and also hauled in 12 rebounds to lead all players.
Junior Brandon Davies scored 13 against the Waves (8-17, 2-12), and freshmen Matt Carlino and Anson Winder pitched in 10 points each.
"I'm really happy for our guys," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "I think the players worked really hard, especially this week with the bye, and it paid off. We played really well both individually and collectively."
BYU raced to a 12-2 lead early in the game on perfect 4-of-4 shooting, before a Pepperdine three and another Cougar run, this one 19-2.
Abouo poured in 17 first-half points, and senior Noah Hartsock added nine. Hartsock also moved into third place all-time on the BYU career blocks list, surpassing Russell Larson with 167.
BYU's six first-half 3-pointers were the most the Cougars have scored in a single period since playing San Diego on Jan. 16. They weren't finished, though, hitting six mroe after the break for 12 total, or more than they scored in the last three games combined.
"Our guys spent a lot of time on the three-point shooting," Rose said. "With the bye they had fresh legs and were able to control the pace of the game."
Holding a 46-25 lead at the half, the Cougars opened the second half with yet another run, this one 21-4, capped by two Davies dunks.
Ten BYU players saw action in the final seven minutes of game time.
BYU will next play San Francisco on Thursday.