No. 18 BYU cruises to win over Texas Southern

Te’Jon Lucas scored 18 points to lead 18th-ranked BYU to its fifth straight victory, an 81-64 triumph over Texas Southern on Wednesday night in Provo, Utah.Fousseyni Traore put up 13 points, Alex Barcello contributed 12, Gavin Baxter had 11 and Gideon George amassed 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Cougars (5-0).PJ Henry topped all scorers with 21 points for Texas Southern, which dropped its sixth consecutive game to open the season after making the NCAA Tournament last season.Neither team shot well — both squads made 39 percent of their field-goal attempts — but BYU won the rebounding battle 52-38 and outscored the Tigers 34-24 in the paint.Texas Southern jumped out to a 4-0 lead as BYU missed its first five shots. The Cougars didn’t score until Baxter made a layup just over three minutes into the contest. That kicked off a 9-0 run for the Cougars.Moments later, BYU scored seven in a row to take a 16-7 lead midway through the first half.Texas Southern remained within striking distance, trailing by just seven late in the first half. However, George and Barcello gave the Cougars a 43-30 halftime lead with late 3-pointers.