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Big second half lifts BYU to comfortable win over Utah

NCAA Basketball: Utah at Brigham Young Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

After a tightly contested first half, BYU used a couple big spurts in the second half to beat Utah 74-59 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Utes had no answer for Yoeli Childs, as the junior finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and this ridiculous dunk. Yoeli has scored 31 points in three straight games.

TJ Haws had another nice game, finishing with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a 4-point play that all but iced the game. Zac Seljaas didn’t have his best shooting night, but he added 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists.

Three point shooting was poor once again for BYU — the team shot 7-24 (29%) — but the Cougars defense kept Utah in check as they held the Utes to 35% shooting on the day.

With the victory, BYU has now won 13 of the past 17 games over the Utes.

After losing three straight games, this was a big bounce back week for BYU. The team now has some momentum after a pair of 15 point wins over two in-state teams. BYU will need need to keep the momentum going into the home stretch of the non-conference schedule with some key road games coming up.

BYU next welcomes Portland State to Provo on Wednesday before traveling to Vegas next Saturday to play old MWC foe UNLV.