Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello (4) celebrates with the bench after sinking three during the second half of an NCAA basketball game at Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. | Colter Peterson, Deseret News
For the game, the Cougars hit 18 of 40 3-pointers (45%), better than their shooting performance on 2-point shots (7 of 20 for 35%). BYU ended up making 25 of 60 overall from the field (41.7%). That ended a streak of nine games of shooting 50% or higher from the field, which had tied a school record.
LOS ANGELES — Not that he necessarily was trying to, but BYU guard Alex Barcello gave his girlfriend a nice, early Valentine’s Day gift Thursday night.
Barcello tied a career-high with 18 points, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range, as part of a night that saw the Cougars break a school record by knocking down 18 3-pointers in a 77-54 victory, breaking Loyola Marymount’s heart on the night before Valentine’s Day.
Barcello’s girlfriend, Zoe Simpson, who’s from Arizona, was in attendance at Gersten Pavilion. Asked if his stellar performance had something to do with her, Barcello smiled.
“Not really. I’m glad I played well in front of her. I was just trying to let the game come to me,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to let any distractions get into the game, like, ‘I need to shoot more because she’s here.’ … I was just trying to let the game come to me and make the smartest play. My teammates found me in the right spots. They trust me to shoot so I was just letting it go and thankfully, a lot of them went in.”
Coach Mark Pope joked that Barcello “just decided he’s not going to miss anymore.”
During an 11-minute stretch in the second half that saw BYU pull away from LMU, which included a decisive 26-6 run, Barcello drilled four 3-pointers.
“I’m so proud of him. He works so hard. That’s the danger of this team,” said TJ Haws, who scored 17 points on 4 of 8 shooting from 3-point territory. “Anybody can make six 3s on any night. He shot the ball extremely well. It’s a great night for him.”
The Cougars buried 12 3-pointers in the second half and six different players made at least one 3-pointer on the night.
“In the second half, we did a nice job of being aggressive for each other and making plays for each other,” Pope said.
BYU missed its first five 3-pointers of the game, and seven of its first eight attempts, but nothing can deter this team from hoisting open 3s.
“You stay confident. Coach always says to own your shot,” Haws said. “We kept taking good shots and finding the open guy. We have confidence that those shots are going to fall.”
Twice this season, BYU, which leads the nation in 3-point shooting, had tied the school record with 17 3s, against Virginia Tech and Pepperdine.
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