WARNER: Davies finding his niche at the right time

2011-12-28T00:15:00Z WARNER: Davies finding his niche at the right timeNeil K. Warner - Daily Herald Daily Herald
December 28, 2011 12:15 am  • 

Brandon Davies is getting that look.

You know that look.

Not the one where he gets the ball in the post and doesn't know what to do with it.

The look that says, "Give me the ball!"

The junior from Provo High School is settling in and making an impact, doing his thing and his timing is impeccable.

Davies made 7-of-11 shots from the field and scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on Tuesday night to help BYU beat Cal State San Marcos 79-51.

Davies has now logged double figures in back to back games.

"We were all playing together and getting open shots. I was fortunate to be on the receiving end of a lot of good passes," Davies said. "I try not to worry about it too much (scoring). It's just all about effort. Whatever happens at the end, happens. As long as we're playing hard and getting wins, there's nothing to get down about."

It's a good sign for BYU who improved to 10-3 on the year as the Cougars begin conference play at St. Mary's on Thursday night. St. Mary's is 11-2 this year and figures to be one of BYU's biggest tests of the year.

BYU struggled for much of the game on Tuesday night against the other Cougars, who dropped to 6-8 on the year. BYU led just 35-29 three minutes into the second half before the homestanding Cougars came alive.

Davies came into Tuesday's game averaging 11.0 points per game. He had been shooting .458 percent from the field. He has now scored in double figures in nine of BYU's games.

He scored just two points against Buffalo, but rebounded to score 17 points, against Santa Barbara, but then scored just three points against Utah. He' scored 18 points against Baylor, but scored just six points against Oregon.

On Tuesday night, Davies wasn't sensational, but no one was. BYU got up by as many as 14, and was up 32-23 at the half. The Cougars shot 44 percent in the first half and made just 2-of-12 shots from the 3-point line.

BYU used a 10-0 run in the second half to break the game open. Davis scored inside to give BYU a 49-38 lead with 9:54 left to play. He scored again to put the Cougars up 56-40 with 8:23 left to play and BYU never looked back.

As a team, the Cougars shot .545 from the field in the second half.

What BYU needs from Davies isn't a double-double every game, it's consistency. The hope is that as BYU heads into conference play that Davies can now continue to be at the top of his game.

Neil Warner can be reached at nwarner@heraldextra.com.


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