Childs leads hot-shooting BYU past Santa Clara, 84-50
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Yoeli Childs finished just short of a triple-double as BYU beat Santa Clara 84-50 Saturday night in the Leavey Center.
"These guys all played so well individually and collectively," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "We played maybe our best game from beginning to end tonight."
Childs had 22 points, 13 rebounds and a career-best eight assists for the Cougars. Elijah Bryant also had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. BYU (15-4, 4-2 West Coast Conference) shot a season-high 62 percent from the field and held the Broncos (6-12, 3-3) to just 34 percent.
Childs had nine of BYU's first 11 points as the Cougars led by one point early. Five minutes later, Childs made a layup to up his total to 15 points and give BYU a 24-16 lead.
With 5:30 until halftime, TJ Haws hit a 3-pointer to extend the Cougars' lead to 36-18. He made one three minutes later for a 44-26 advantage.
BYU headed to the locker room with a 46-28 lead after shooting 79 percent (19 of 24) from the field.
Haws made two 3-pointers early in the second half for 14 points on the game and a 52-31 Cougar lead.
Childs scored off an inbounds play five minutes into the second half and completed a 3-point play at the foul line to make it 60-35 for BYU.
With 10 minutes remaining, Childs connected his eighth assist with Zac Seljaas, who made an easy lay-in for a 66-36 lead. Hardnett made a free throw four minutes later to give the Cougars their largest lead of the game at 74-36.
BYU coasted over the last several minutes of the game to the 84-50 win.
The Cougars return home to play against LMU on Thursday at 9 p.m. MST. That game will be televised on ESPNU with radio broadcasts on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and KSL (102.7 FM and 1160 AM).
Yoeli Childs finished the first half with 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Childs shot 7 of 9 from the field, 3 of 3 from the free-throw line in the first half. He finished the game with 22 points, 13 rebounds, a career-best eight assists and two blocks.
This was the second-straight game and eighth this season Childs scored 20-plus points. It was also his second-straight and ninth double-double of the season.
Childs has scored in double figures in 17-straight games.
TJ Haws made four 3-point field goals, the fourth time this season and 20th time in his career he has made three-plus treys. He finished the night with 14 points, his 12th game this season scoring in double figures.
Elijah Bryant totaled 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and one block for his second double-double of the season.
Luke Worthington shot a perfect 4 of 4 from the field for eight points. He added two rebounds and a career-best three assists.
Jahshire Hardnett tied his career high with five assists.
BYU shot 79.2 percent (19-24) from the field in the first half and had streaks of five-straight makes and eight-straight makes. It was BYU’s best shooting half of the season and the best since Feb. 20, 2016, vs. San Diego in Provo. The Cougars hit 20 of 28 (71.4 percent) in the second half that night.
BYU shot 61.5 percent for the night, a new season high.
BYU had a new season high 26 assists on 31 field goals.
BYU defeated Santa Clara 84-50. The 34-point margin is its largest of the season.
BYU head coach Dave Rose
I like how we were connected. We communicated on the defensive end. Jahshire (Hardnett) played great defense against one of the best players in the league. Feagin (Santa Clara's KJ Feagin) is a guy who they set multiple ball screens for and when he comes out of those with an advantage he scores. But Jahshire was great on him tonight.
Yo (Yoeli Childs) had career nights in assists in back-to-back games. It shows how much better he's feeling the offense and how comfortable he feels with the ball in his hands. He just continues to improve.
What's happened with Zac (Seljaas) in starting the last couple games is that it's allowed Yoeli to get the ball early and get off to a good start. Zac's become a really good passer at feeding it down there or finding guys in the corner.
BYU basketball will venture back on the road and take on West Coast Conference foe Santa Clara Saturday at 7 p.m. PST in the Leavey Center.
Saturday's game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast live on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143 and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
- With 29 points at Pacific and 25 vs. Pepperdine at home, Elijah Bryant has scored 20-plus points in back-to-back games for the second time this season. In the last two games, the junior from Gwinnett, Georgia, is averaging 27.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent (18-27) from the field, 50.0 percent (8-16) from 3-point range and 100.0 percent (10-10) from the free-throw line.
- Yoeli Childs had one of his best all-around games in BYU’s win over Pepperdine, totaling 21 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, one block and three steals. The six assists tie a career high set in the season opener.
- In his fifth start of the season and first since game five, Zac Seljaas was a perfect 3 of 3 from the field for eight points while adding three rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal.
BYU Cougars (14-4, 3-2 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Division I Career Record: 319-115 (13th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Santa Clara Broncos (6-11, 3-2 WCC)
- Head Coach: Herb Sendek
- Alma Mater: Carnegie Mellon, 1985
- Division I Career Record: 436-322 (24th)
- Record at Santa Clara: 23-27 (2nd)
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analyst)
- Live Video: BYUtv.org
- Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, 102.7 FM/1160 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
- Series Record: BYU leads 28-6
- Last Meeting: SCU won 76-68, 01/26/17
- H/A/N: 15-2/10-4/3-0