Nov. 25, 2000
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Terrell Lyday scored 21 points to help BYU beat UC Santa Barbara 67-53 in a messy, foul-filled game on Saturday.
The teams combined for 46 fouls in the game, including 11 in the first 4 minutes.
Santa Barbara (0-3) was down as many as 13 points in the second half, but cut BYU's (2-0) lead to 42-39 with 8:48 to play in the game with an 8-0 run.
B.J. Ward had 6 of his 10 points during that stretch to spark the comeback.
But Lyday stole the ball and fed guard Matt Montague for a layup to put BYU back up 44-39. After a Santa Barbara miss, Lyday hit a 3-pointer to give the Cougars a 47-39 lead with 7:21 to go.
BYU outscored Santa Barbara 13-4 over a 4-minute span, opening up a 55-43 lead. Santa Barbara never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way, as BYU clinched the win at the free throw line. BYU also had a season-high 8 blocks in the win.
Mekeli Wesley scored 11 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and had 5 blocks for BYU, while Mark Hall scored a career-high 21 points for Santa Barbara, including a game-high 12-of-13 from the foul line. The two teams combined to shoot 49 free throws.