BYU drains program record 19 threes in 100-70 win over Westminster

The “cardiac Cougars” strike again.

No, Tuesday evening wasn’t another typical tight, intense affair for Mark Pope’s squad, as BYU earned a comfortable 100-70 victory over Division-II Westminster. Tuesday’s drama, however, came between the Cougars and their own program record for three-pointers in a contest, which BYU shattered with 19 makes on the Vivint Arena hardwood in Salt Lake.

“Our guys have no lack of confidence for shooting the ball,” Pope said. “If we let them, they would shoot it as soon as they cross half court. These guys believe they make shots, they really do, and we believe in that also.”

Jaxson Robinson led the shooting charge with 15 points from five made threes, while Noah Waterman, Dallin Hall and Tanner Toolson each added three triples of their own. Eleven different Cougars found the scoreboard against Westminster, seven were successful from behind the arc and five posted in double figures.

Not bad for a team shooting 31.8% from distance heading into Tuesday.

“The rim was feeling pretty big,” Waterman said. “I’ll blame it on the NBA arena. I think the rims are a little different, we get all the rolls here. It was great.”

With the win, BYU moves to 5-3 on the season with Pope earning his 150th career victory. The Cougars will head back to Vivint to play South Dakota Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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