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BYU Basketball bounces back with blowout win over Portland

Good, balanced effort

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 21 Weber State at BYU Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Two days after an OT loss at St Mary’s, BYU bounced back with a 96-70 over Portland in Provo.

Six guys ended in double figure scoring for BYU, led by 21 points from Zac Seljaas and five guys between 11 and 14 points. TJ Haws had a career 14 assists to go along with 13 points and 0 turnovers. Yoeli Childs was sidelined for the second game in a row with a right index finger dislocation.

BYU got off to a 24-2 lead and a 51-30 halftime lead, but the Pilots fought back to cut the lead to seven in the second half. BYU’s defense tightened up after that and the ball movement continued to help BYU pull away.

BYU’s ball movement was impressive all night, culminating in a 29:5 assist turnover margin. BYU had been in a bit of three-point shooting slump the past few games, but finished 15-30 from deep.

BYU next plays San Diego in Provo Thursday before traveling to play #1 Gonzaga in Spokane next Saturday.