PROVO — BYU basketball returns to the Marriott Center to host Pepperdine in a West Coast Conference matchup tonight.
BYU won at San Francisco on Jan. 5 despite being outshot from the field, free throw line and from downtown. The Cougars also overcame foul trouble from Brandon Davies, who fouled out with season lows of 6 points and 17 minutes.
The Cougars (12-4, 2-0 WCC) were coming off their best defensive game of the season against Loyola Marymount at home, limiting the Lions to 51 points and 30.8 percent shooting — both season bests for the Cougars.
The Waves (9-6, 1-1 WCC) are led by 6-foot-6 forward Stacy Davis, who averages 11.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
• NO. 2 MICHIGAN 62, NEBRASKA 47: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including a pair of crucial dunks in the second half, and Michigan equaled its best start to a season with a victory over Nebraska.
• NO. 3 LOUISVILLE 73, SETON HALL 58: At Newark, N.J., Gorgui Dieng had 16 points and 14 rebounds — both season highs — to lead the Cardinals to their ninth straight win.
• NO. 6 KANSAS 97, IOWA STATE 89 (OT): At Lawrence, Kan., Freshman Ben McLemore had a career-high 33 points, including a tying 3-pointer with a second left in regulation, and the Jayhawks rallied to beat the Cyclones.
• NO. 7 SYRACUSE 72, PROVIDENCE 66: At Providence, R.I., C.J. Fair scored 23 with 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 with six assists and the Orange rallied from a nine-point, first-half deficit to beat the Friars.
• NO. 11 FLORIDA 77, GEORGIA 44: At Gainesville, Fla., Mike Rosario scored 19 points, Erik Murphy added 11 despite playing with a broken rib and the Gators opened Southeastern Conference play with a victory over the Bulldogs.
• NO. 14 BUTLER 72, SAINT JOSEPH’S 66: At Philadelphia, Rotnei Clarke scored 28 points and Andrew Smith had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs over the Hawks.
• NO. 20 N.C. STATE 83, GEORGIA TECH 70: At Raleigh, N.C., Lorenzo Brown had 21 points and 10 assists and the Wolfpack pulled away late to beat the Yellow Jackets for their ninth straight win.
• NO. 23 WICHITA STATE 82, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 76: At Wichita, Kan., Cleanthony Early scored 39 points to help Wichita State beat Southern Illinois, two days after the Shockers jumped back into the poll.
Early’s 39 points were the most for a Wichita State player since Xavier McDaniel had 44 in 1985.