PROVO, Utah (AP) — Alex Barcello hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead five BYU players scoring in double figures and the Cougars beat Utah Valley 82-60 on Saturday night.
Brandon Averette, a graduate transfer from Utah Valley, and Connor Harding scored 11 points apiece and Trevin Knell and Matt Haarms each added 10 for the Cougars (3-0). Haarms, a graduate transfer from Purdue, made his BYU debut.
The Cougars made just four of their first 15 field-goal attempts as Utah Valley (1-1) built a 10-point lead about nine minutes into the game but Barcello scored 14 points — including four 3-pointers — as BYU closed the first half on a 30-6 run to make it 38-24 at the break.
The Wolverines trailed by double figures the rest of the way.
Trey Woodbury hit three 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 24 points and Jamison Overton scored 21 for Utah Valley. That duo was 16-of-30 shooting while the rest of the team combined to make just 5 of 27 (18.5%) from the field.
The Cougars shot 53% overall, hit 11 3-pointers and scored 23 points off 19 Wolverines turnovers.
Mark Pope was the coach at Utah Valley from 2015-2019 before taking over at BYU prior to last season.
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