By – Associated Press – Friday, December 29, 2017
PROVO, Utah (AP) – scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Elijah Bryant added 22 points with a career-high 15 boards, and BYU beat 68-45 in a West Coast Conference opener on Thursday night for its ninth straight win.
It’s the fifth 20-point game for and Bryant this season and the second time they both scored 20 in the same game.
The Cougars held the Pilots to 29 percent shooting from the floor, outrebounded them 46-28 and outscored them 40-18 in the paint.
The Pilots closed to 38-37 early in the second half on Franklin Porter’s jumper, but scored six straight before the Cougars went on a 12-0 run for a 56-39 lead with 6:14 left while went scoreless for nearly six minutes. Bryant hit a 3 and BYU outscored the Pilots 13-3 from there.
Josh McSwiggan hit consecutive 3-pointers and led 8-6, but BYU pulled ahead on an 11-3 run and led 31-24 at halftime after scored 10 straight points, including three dunks.
Jojo Walker led (6-8) with 11 points.
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