PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – There is no question who the leader on the BYU basketball team is this season.
Yoeli Childs had another dominant game, scoring 24 points and pulling down 14 rebounds, as the Cougars improved to 3-1 with an 85-65 win over Oral Roberts Thursday night at the Marriott Center.
“That was a good win for our guys,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said. “I thought we did a few things really, really well and obviously we’ve got a lot of things we still need to work on.”
Childs entered the game needing 16 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He became the 51st player in BYU men’s basketball history – and 15th under Rose – to reach the milestone.
“It means that coaches run a lot of stuff for me and players pass me the ball a lot,” Childs said. “To get 1000 points, that’s a lot of shots, so I appreciate my guys. I think every individual accomplishment is a team accomplishment because you can’t do it without your guys, you can’t do it without your guys making plays for you. Most of my buckets are off assists from guys, so they penetrate and get me open, so I’m grateful for that and I’m grateful for the system and for the trust that the coaches have in me.”
In addition to Childs, BYU also got a solid outing from its starting backcourt of Jahshire Hardnett and TJ Haws. Hardnett was one point shy of his career high with 16 points on 6 for 11 shooting, and Haws posted eight points along with a career-high eight rebounds and season-high six assists. Freshman Connor Harding provided a spark off the bench with 10 points on 4 for 8 shooting and seven rebounds. Hardnett also tied his season high with four assists.
“Guys just broke it open,” Childs said. “I think it’s really important for us to share the ball and make the extra pass and that’s what we started doing in the last four minutes of the first half. Then we did a good job at doing that in the beginning of the second half as well. When we make plays for each other, it’s so fun for us to play out there and we’re a lot better.”
The win puts BYU at 3-1 on the season heading into Saturday’s matchup against Alabama A&M at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.