BYU wins season opener over Mississippi Valley State, 91-61

Elijah Bryant scores 27 points as Cougars win at home

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - No Nick Emery, no problem for BYU. So far.

One day after learning starting point guard Nick Emery withdrew from school amid allegations of NCAA violations, the Cougars went out and stomped Mississippi Valley State in their season opener at the Marriott Center, 91-61.

Elijah Bryant led the way with 27 points on 10 of 11 shooting from the field. TJ Haws added 14 points, while Yoeli Childs recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

"I thought we had a really good game plan tonight and executed it well," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "Tonight, Elijah was near perfect in his offensive execution. He was patient, had a good pace and was aggressive. You always want to get that first win. It's important for the team and their confidence."

Zac Seljaas had 11 points, while Dalton Nixon scored 8 points off the bench.

BYU shot 59 percent from the field and led by as many as 41 points.

The Cougars next play at Princeton Wednesday night.

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