PROVO -- The BYU Cougars easily defeated the Chicago State Cougars 109-60 in the first round of the South Padre Island Invitational Saturday night, but while the win was expected, a stellar night by sophomore forward Brandon Davies was a pleasant surprise after playing just one minute versus Utah State.
BYU dominated the boards. They out-rebounded Chicago state 58-39 and caused 21 turnovers, 16 of which were steals. Davies, after being nonexistent against Utah State, was a bright spot in the post, going a perfect 6-6 from the field, scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds in only 13 minutes.
"I just tried to work on making simple moves," Davies said. "I think in earlier games I tried to get ahead of myself instead of letting the game come to me. I just felt like tonight I tried to play more solid and tried not to force as many things as I did in the past."
The Cougars will need Davies to continue to improve if they are to have a chance against more formidable foes. For now, the game preparation is good practice for the Cougars.
"We do the same game prep for everyone," freshman guard Kyle Collinsworth said. "We just emphasize playing how we play, we can beat anyone when we do that."
While the game got out of hand quickly, there were several unexpected highlight dunks that kept the crowd in it. Even sophomore forward Brandon Davies was caught a little off guard by Jimmer Fredette's dunk.
"We've all been waiting for it, it was a nice surprise for everyone," Davies said noting Fredette typically doesn't dunk. "I personally thought he was going to lay it up, but he threw it down. That got the crowd more into it, got us more into it, and I think set the tone for the rest of the game."
For the second round of the South Padre Island Invitational, BYU will face Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday evening. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. from the Marriott Center.