BYU hosts the Waves

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BYU looks to earn its third-straight victory in league play against the Pepperdine Waves on Thursday night.

BYU had a lopsided victory over Loyola Marymount, 92-51, and a “too close for comfort” win over San Francisco, 80-76. While the team has been led this season by Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies, the role players have stepped up in recent games. In the past two games, Matt Carlino has averaged 21.5 points, Josh Sharp has averaged 11 rebounds and Brock Zylstra made three of his four 3-pointers and grabbed 7 rebounds against USF.

“It definitely shows the strength of our team,” said Davies, who struggled to stay on the court with foul trouble against USF. “It’s actually encouraging just to see our guys battle whether you’re in there or not. Guys step up on any given day.”

The focal point this week during practice was to play at their own pace and give consistent effort on both ends of the floor.

“Practice was very competitive,” said Coach Dave Rose after practice on Tuesday. “We had quite a few guys play really well, so that’s really encouraging.”

The Cougars welcome the Waves to the Marriott Center, where BYU remains undefeated this season. The team will try to translate their hard work in practice onto the court against the 9-6 Waves.

BYU will take on Pepperdine on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. MST.

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