Tyler Haws scored a game-high 15 points and Eric Mika added 11 points and five rebounds to lead BYU to a 42-35 lead over North Texas at halftime.
North Texas opened the game hitting the first two baskets to take an early 5-0 lead. Mika responded by scoring the next two baskets and Kyle Collinsworth threw it down on a fast break to give BYU its first lead of the game at 6-5. The teams traded baskets with neither team pulling ahead by more than three until North Texas took its biggest lead of the half at 14-11 with 16:44 left.
The Cougars pushed back and took a 19-16 lead on another fast-break dunk by Collinsworth. Four ties later the game was knotted up at 25-25 with just under nine minutes left in the first half. BYU went on a 15-6 run over the next six and a half minutes to take a 40-31 lead. Again the Cougars pushed their lead to nine with a 42-33 lead with just over a minute left and a basket by North Texas put the score at 42-35 going into the locker room.
In the first half, there were six ties and nine lead changes with the largest lead of nine done twice by BYU. North Texas shot 40 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc while BYU shot 49 percent from the field and 33 from the three-point line.