How the Cougars upset No. 7 Kansas – Deseret News | Top Vip News


LAWRENCE, Kansas – BYU earned its biggest win in the Mark Pope era Tuesday night at Phog Allen Fieldhouse, stunning No. 7 Kansas 76-68 in a pivotal Big 12 game.

The Cougars (8-7, 20-8) trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half before making a spirited comeback in one of the toughest places to play in college basketball.

Kansas fell to 9-6 and 21-7 and lost at home for the first time this season.

The Cougars took advantage of KU’s 19 of 31 shooting from the free throw line, and were 12 of 15 from the charity stripe themselves.

They were 13 of 34 from deep, three days after going 6 of 31 from deep in a loss at Kansas State.

Here are 3 keys to the Cougars’ big win:

• For the third straight game, the Cougars got off to a terrible start. They fell behind 8-3 and 12-6, and to make matters worse, starters Noah Waterman and Trevin Knell each picked up two quick fouls in the first 10 minutes.

It was nearly the third straight road game in which the Cougars never led, joining their performances at Oklahoma State and Kansas State; However, the Cougars rallied in the second half and led 62-60 with 3:35 left when Dallin Hall hit a three-pointer.

Kansas had shot 15 of 30 from the field to take a 35-29 halftime lead and was up by as many as 12 points in the second. The Jayhawks ended up shooting 40% from the field.

• BYU had no early answer for KU’s KJ Adams Jr., who scored his first nine points inside and got a pair of Cougars into foul trouble. He was 4 of 7 in the first half and 1 of 2 from the line. But he only scored two points in the second half.

Kansas big man Hunter Dickinson, the Big 12 player of the year candidate, had a mediocre first half, by his standards, with seven points and six rebounds. He finished with 17 points, but was 6 of 15 from the free throw line.

Kansas’ poor free throws cost the Jayhawks the game.

• The Cougars stuck to their game plan and hit 3-pointers every chance they got. They were 6 of 19 from deep in the first half (Jaxson Robinson was 2 of 4). They finished 13 of 34 from deep after going 6 of 31 three days ago at Kansas State.

Dallin Hall battled foul trouble and was ultimately eliminated, but not before scoring 18 points; Robinson also had 18, while Noah Waterman had nine.

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