The Aggies opened up the game with back-to-back 3-pointers, and Kyle Davis responded with back-to-back layups to make it 6-4. A block from Corbin Kaufusi and a layup by Jake Toolson tied the game at 6-6 with 17 minutes to play.
The teams traded layups for the next two minutes, keeping things even throughout. Kaufusi's layup at 14:30 gave BYU its first lead of the night, 12-10. The Aggies quickly tied it back up with a layup of their own.
Chase Fischer hit two 3-pointers to give the Cougars a 18-14 lead with 12 minutes to go. Nate Austin and Kyle Collinsworth both had blocks for BYU as defenses kept either team from scoring for three minutes. Nick Emery's 3-pointer ended the scoreless drought and put the Cougars up 21-16 with 9:30 to play in the first half. Davis added a layup to make the score 23-16 before an Aggie timeout.
Collinsworth hit a fade-away jumper to extend BYU's lead to nine. Jalen Moore ended the Aggie's four-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer. Twenty seconds later, Emery hit a 3 from the left corner, making the score 28-19. Collinsworth blocked an attempted Aggie layup with seven minutes to play, keeping BYU's lead at nine points.
Fischer's 3 with 5:40 to go gave BYU its largest lead to that point, 31-20. Utah State hit a pair of free-throws and a layup to bring itself within seven with five minutes to go.
Collinsworth hit a layup and added a free-throw to take the Cougars lead to 12, 36-24.
The Aggies went 0 for 10 over the last two minutes, while the Cougars added three free-throws to go into halftime with a 39-24 lead.
Davis had 10 points and seven rebounds, leading all players in both categories. Fischer had nine points and Emery had six points. Collinsworth had eight points, six rebounds and three assists going into halftime. BYU shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and its defense had six blocks. Lew Evans led all Aggies in scoring with seven points.