With less than seven seconds on the clock, Brigham Young Cougars guard Dallin Hall (30) takes a game-winning shot over Missouri State Bears guard Bryan Trimble Jr. (12) during a men’s basketball game at the Marriott Center in Provo on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. BYU won 66-64.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

In the process of molding this young BYU team, coach Mark Pope knows that anybody can — and needs to — make a big impact on any given night.

That’s how this team was built — instead of relying on one main scorer.

On Wednesday night at the Marriott Center, the Cougar bench played a big role in a dramatic 66-64 victory over Missouri State before a crowd of 12,587. 

“I have a lot of faith in all the guys we’re playing,” Pope said. “We know we have a lot of guys on the floor that we can trust.”

Forward Noah Waterman, who had gone 0 for 2 from 3-point range in the first two games of the season, came off the bench to hit 5 of 6 from 3 and finished with a game-high 15 points. 

Freshman guard Dallin Hall, who returned home from his mission just a few months ago, came off the bench and in crunch time, with the game tied, raced into the front court and knocked down a game-clinching five-foot jumper off the glass with 1.4 seconds remaining. 

“Dall had a very big shot for a freshman,” Waterman said. “That was big-time.”

It was the only shot Hall made on the night after missing his first four attempts from the floor. 

“They kind of backed off so Dallin ended up being one-on-one and he got to use his shoulders,” Pope said. “It worked out the way it worked out. It’s a huge play by a young player. So I’m super proud of him.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


BYU’s bench comes up big in dramatic victory over Missouri State

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