BYU trailed 10-4 early in the first half. Matt Carlino tied the score at 12 with 14:10 to go in the half and took the Cougars’ first lead on a jumper moments later, part of a 10-2 BYU run. Skyler Halford took the Cougars to a double-digit lead, 27-17, with a 3-pointer off a Frank Bartley assist with 7:46 on the clock.
An 11-0 run took BYU to a 33-17 lead before Alaska Anchorage fired off eight quick points to cut the deficit to 33-25. The Cougars finished off the half with a 44-30 lead.
Carlino led the Cougars with 12 points in the first half. Freshman Eric Mika was also in double figures by halftime with 10 points. Both led the team in rebounding with seven apiece.
BYU had 30 points in the paint, shooting 46.3 percent from the field and only 14.3 percent from 3-point land in the first period. The Cougars held Alaska Anchorage to 30.3 percent shooting and 18.8 percent from beyond the arc. They also led in rebounds 30-11.