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Cougars need more consistency from the 3-point line

November 15, 2018

BYU’s 3-point shooting in its first three games has left a lot to be desired.

So far this season, the Cougars are 19-of-75 (25 percent) from beyond the arc. Only one player — junior Zac Seljaas — is better than 40 percent, making 6-of-14 (43 percent). T.J. Haws is 6-of-17 (35 percent), Jahshire Hardnett is 2-of-10 (20 percent), Connor Harding is 2-of-7 (29 percent), McKay Cannon 1-of-9 (11 percent) and Yoeli Childs is 0-for-7.

Clearly, BYU has to be better from beyond the arc if it wants to achieve their goals this year.

The Cougars were 7-of-22 (32 percent) from 3-point range in Tuesday’s 82-57 win against Northwestern State, missing its first seven attempts before making four in a row.

“Some (shots) were good, some we’re probably a little bit too quick,” BYU coach Dave Rose said. “Guys are in a spot where they want to get shots up and make them. I think there are obviously a lot of questions around that. Probably the better answer to that is to be a little bit more patient instead of speeding up.”

Last season, BYU shot 41 percent (114-of-277) in the comfy confines of the Marriott Center and just 29 percent (111-of-372) on the road.

Rose has repeatedly said the Cougars are making 3-pointers at a good rate in practice, but that has yet to translate into game-day shooting.

“You’ve just got to see the first one go in,” BYU junior Dalton Nixon said. “In the first three games, we’ve struggled to shoot the ball in the first half. If each individual sees a few drop, I think it will really open up. We’ll get used to shooting under the lights here in the Marriott Center. That’s something we want to do better as a team is shoot the ball better from the 3-point line because that’s what we believe we are, good shooters. We’re going to get back at it, get in the gym and shoot shots.”

The Cougars are in the midst of a five-game homestand, playing the five games in about 10 days.

“I like the format,” Rose said. “Next year, we go to Maui and play Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Those three games kind of turn into one. Now we get a game, then a day of prep and review then play another one and repeat it again. It’s going to be really good for this group.”

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