Eric Mika and TJ Haws combined for five points in the first minute of the second half, and Haws found the basket for another 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 48-42. A steal from Nick Emery and a layup from Yoeli Childs extended the edge to ten for the Cougars by the 15-minute mark and forced Colorado into the first timeout of the half. Colorado quickly got back into it, going on a 10-1 run, and forcing BYU to call a timeout at 11:43, only up one, 53-52.
The Buffaloes continued their run, scoring two free throws out of the break to take the lead for the first time since the opening minute of the contest. Haws fed a cutting Emery a pass into the lane for a layup, giving edge back to BYU, 55-54. The two teams then began to trade leads, as well as back-to-back 3-pointers. Steven Beo came up with a steal before BYU turned it over on their end as well, but Mika came up with a huge block back on defense with got the crowd roaring and forced the Buffaloes to call a timeout.
Following a small run, the Cougars found themselves up by seven with five minutes remaining and legthened it to nine with just under four to go. Again, Colorago threatened the lead, but BYU was able to keep them away long enough and get stops on defense to come away with the victory over the Buffaloes, 79-71.
Four Cougars finished in double figures in points. Emery totaled the game-high 22 points, with Childs recording a double-double, 11 points and 12 rebounds. Mika finished with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists, and Haws ended with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.