Barcello drops 25 in BYU basketball defeat to #12 Oregon in Portland

Oregon forward Eric Williams Jr., right, shoots over BYU forward Caleb Lohner, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Portland, Oregon, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (Craig Mitchelldyer, Associated Press)

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PROVO – Alex Barcello showed BYU fans exactly why he came back for his second senior season.

Also supporters of Ducks.

Barcello threw 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and BYU shot 60% of the field in the breakdown of No. 12 Oregon 81-49 Tuesday night at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Te’Jon Lucas had 12 points and three assists and Fousseyni Traore added 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks for the Cougars, who improved to 3-0 after what may be the toughest first three games of the Mark Pope era with the Phil Knight Invitational victory that was the first by an unranked team over a top-15 opponent away from home by more than 30 points since UConn’s win over Virginia on Nov. 29, 1993, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Barcello made his first eight shots off the field, including three three-pointers, nearly beating the Ducks by 20 points to take a 52-28 lead midway through the second half. The Chandler, Arizona native only missed a tricky three-point attempt at 13:35 when the Cougars led 24.

He was knocked out two seconds later.

It barely cooled him down — and when he did, his teammates took over.

That, and a little defense.

Spencer Johnson had 10 points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench for BYU, which shot 60% of the field and held the Ducks at 32%. Seneca Knight delivered 9 points, six rebounds and three assists in reserve.

Eric Williams Jr. was 12 points ahead of Oregon (2-1).

This story is being updated.

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