Barcello, Traore lift BYU over Pacific 73-51

The Cougars open West Coast Conference play with a win

(Craig Mitchelldyer | AP) BYU guard Alex Barcello, left, shoots next to Oregon forward Quincy Guerrier in November. Barcello's 15 points helped pace BYU against Pacific to open West Coast Conference play on Thursday.

Provo • Alex Barcello scored 15 points and BYU stretched its home win streak to seven beating Pacific 73-51 on Thursday night in a West Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Fousseyni Traore scored 12 and grabbed 11 rebounds for BYU (13-3, 1-0). The Cougars limited Pacific to a season-low 20 points after halftime.

Luke Avdalovic had 12 points for the Tigers (5-10, 0-1), whose losing streak stretched to four games.