PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Gonzaga on Thursday, the BYU basketball team rebounded nicely with a 91-81 victory over Pepperdine Saturday night at the Marriott Center for its ninth win in its last eleven games.

Fousseyni Traore scored 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Cougars (14-7, 4-2 West Coast Conference). Dallin Hall scored 13 points and added seven assists. Spencer Johnson was 4-of-8 shooting (3 for 5 from distance) to finish with 13 points.

“Our guys did a good job staying present and not thinking about all of the other stuff that goes into a game,” said head coach Mark Pope. “One of the gifts of great athletes is that they can stay present in the moment and stay engaged with what their job is.”

The Cougars had six players score in double figures, including Richie Saunders with 13 points, Jaxson Robinson with 12 and Atiki Ally Atiki with 11.

BYU dominated the boards, outrebounding the Waves, 41-23. Gideon George had eight rebounds to go along with six points.

The Waves (7-12, 0-5) were led in scoring by Houston Mallette, who finished with 19 points and four steals. Maxwell Lewis added 18 points for Pepperdine. Jan Zidek also had 14 points. The loss is the sixth straight for the Waves.

BYU took the lead with 18:20 to go in the first half and never looked back. The score was 41-28 at halftime, with Traore racking up 12 points. BYU used an 8-0 run in the second half to build a 10-point lead at 65-55 with 10:02 left in the half before finishing off the win.

“You always want to learn from every game,” said BYU guard Spencer Johnson. “Every loss or every win. That’s what great teams do. That’s what great players do is you learn from it and you take it to the next one. Coach talked about how it was a quick turnaround so I am proud of our guys for absorbing all the information and the scout, and then just coming out here and finishing the game the right way.”

BYU took an early 9-2 lead to start the game, with points coming from four different players. The lead grew to double digits six minutes in when Rudi Williams converted a layup to give the Cougars a 14-4 advantage.

Pepperdine committed seven turnovers in the first eight minutes, four of which were BYU steals. The Waves were able to draw closer as the half wore on, however, cutting the lead to five with eight minutes to go. The teams continued to trade baskets from there, with BYU holding a 27-22 lead at the four-minute mark. The Cougar lead went back to double digits less than two minutes later, with Saunders and Traore combining for nine-straight points and a 36-24 advantage.

Hall’s second three of the half and Noah Waterman’s first points gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game, 41-28, at halftime. Traore led all players with 12 points and five boards at the break, with BYU outrebounding Pepperdine 24-13 in the first.

Pepperdine opened the second half on a 10-1 run in the first two minutes to only trail by four, 42-38. Traore answered with five straight points and a block on the defensive end, but the Waves would continue to keep the game close, scoring eight unanswered to bring them back within two.

The Cougars would then go on a run of their own to go up 10 off six points from Ally Atiki, a steal and layup from Hall and a three from Saunders. But another three from Saunders a minute later was not enough to hold off the Waves, as the visitors stormed back to cut the deficit to 68-66 with eight minutes remaining.

Johnson hit the team’s fourth three-pointer of the half before four more Cougars added points to help BYU stay ahead by seven down the stretch. Pepperdine would get as close as three with 2:53 to go, but the Waves never tied the score or took the lead after the game’s first two baskets. Robinson iced the game with a late three and layup, with him and Hall also hitting their free throws to see the Cougars to the 91-81 final score.

BYU next visits Santa Clara Thursday night.