BYU beat Weber State 73-68 in Salt Lake City at the Vivint Smart Home Arena behind Chase Fischer’s 21 points.
The Cougars were well put together and executed effectively against a strong shooting team. BYU has struggled to find a rhythm this season but managed to keep a pretty good groove throughout the game.
The Cougars did have a bit of a scoring drought but went on an 11-2 run to finish out the first half and take the lead back. BYU exploded in the second half and even though Weber State got close, the Cougars pulled out the victory.
Fischer was the story of the day with 21 points, five rebounds and four steals. The senior guard has been playing well and is optimistic for when BYU works out their consistency issues.
“Everybody is great players here but it’s tough to mesh a team together,” Fischer said. “I think it’ll take some time for us to get consistent, I think when we do we’ll see a big change in how we play.”
Fischer’s 21 points marks his third 20-plus point performance of the season and ninth of his career.
Senior guard Kyle Collinsworth also had a record-setting night with his 25th career double-double. Collinsworth is now tied with Jay Cheeseman for ninth in career double-doubles. Collinsworth had 10 assists as part of his double-double.
“[The high post] a good position for me because I’m the best passer on the team,” Collinsworth said. “If I can get in the middle and make an offensive play and have four other guys to pass to it’s hard to guard.”
BYU brought their winning streak against Weber State to 13. Coming off a hard loss at the University of Utah Wednesday night, the Cougars need some momentum going into a couple tough games next week.
“When you consider some of the issues we’re going through as a team,” Coach Rose said. “To be able to come in here and win that game is really big and hopefully we can kinda springboard with this.”
BYU shot 60 percent in the first half. It was its best first half shooting of the season despite missing their second leading scorer in Nick Emery who was serving his one-game suspension for punching Utah’s Brandon Taylor.