PROVO, Utah – Yoeli Childs scored 20 points to lead BYU past Santa Clara 80-58 Thursday night at the Marriott Center.
"I thought there was a really good feel with our team tonight," Cougar head coach Dave Rose said. "I thought the guys kept their focus to play another great game against them (Santa Clara)."
Childs led the Cougars (19-7, 8-5 West Coast Conference) with 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Broncos (8-17, 5-8 WCC), his 13th double-double of the season. TJ Haws and Elijah Bryant both contributed 14 points each. Bryant was 3 for 3 from the 3-point range, making this his 12th game of the season with three-plus treys.
The Cougars kicked off an early lead with a Haws 3-pointer. The two teams traded baskets until the Broncos passed the Cougars to take their first lead of the game, 13-11. A layup from Childs returned the lead to BYU 17-16. Late in the first half, the Cougars went on a 7-0 run to increase their lead 34-25.
Haws completed a 3-point play to extend BYU’s lead 41-31 going into the half. Haws led the Cougars with 10 points.
A jumper from Childs began scoring in the second half. With 13:24 left in the game, BYU went on a 13-0 run which included back-to-back 3’s from Nixon and Bryant and a dunk from Childs. The run extended BYU's lead to 63-45.
The Cougars coasted to the end with jumpers from Zac Seljaas and Rylan Bergersen, pushing BYU to its second victory over the Broncos this season, 80-58.
BYU returns home to take on San Francisco at the Marriott Center on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on BYUtv and AT&T SportsNet Rocket Mountain and a radio broadcast will be available at BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and KSL (1160 AM and 102.7 FM).