PROVO -- Tyler Haws had 24 points, Brandon Davies chipped in with 19 and BYU used a 46-16 second-half surge to defeat Pepperdine 76-51 on Thursday night at the Marriott Center.
BYU (13-4, 3-0 West Coast) trailed 35-30 at halftime after shooting a dismal 9 for 32 from the field, but the Cougars were much better in the second half, hitting 58.1 percent of their shots.
“They spread us out and (Jordan) Baker had a great first half, but the second half we were better,” BYU coach Dave Rose said. “I thought we were a lot more active defensively. We contested passes. We contested shots and dribbles. After the first few minutes, we were finally able to find a way to score. Big win, and I look forward to our game on Saturday.”
Haws was 8 for 14 from the field including a perfect 7 for 7 from the free-throw line and Davies had nine rebounds to go along with his point total.
The Cougars started the second half with a 24-5 run and in the middle of it all was Matt Carlino whose 3-pointer with 14:14 remaining in the game gave BYU a 40-39 lead and the Cougars never trailed again.
Jordan Baker scored 20 points, grabbed five rebounds and had three assists to lead Pepperdine (9-7, 1-2).