BYU 79, Portland 50
PROVO, Utah (AP)—Lee Cummard scored 11 second half points and Brigham Young’s defense held Portland to 26 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers in the Cougars’ 79-50 win Wednesday night.
Portland (2-4) struggled from the field all night shooting 30 percent in the first half and 22 percent in a second half which saw BYU (2-1) shoot 55 percent and hit 4 of 8 from beyond the arc.
Cummard and Rashaun Broadus closed the door on any chance the Pilot’s had of coming back when the two combined for 10 straight in a 2-minute span with 7:10 remaining in the game. The run stretched the Cougar lead from 60-41 to 70-41 with just 4:45 left to play.
Sam Burgess came off the bench for the Cougars and went on a 9-0 run by himself with three consecutive 3-pointers earlier in the second half to give BYU a 45-28 lead 5 minutes into the second period.
BYU jumped in front early with a 9-0 run to begin the game, but Portland responded and pulled within two at 14-12 on a field goal by Walter Thompson. The Pilots would get no closer than that the rest of the game. The Cougars had a 31-24 halftime lead.
Cummard had a game- and career-high 14 points and was joined in double figures by Keena Young and Burgess who each scored 13. Young and Vuk Ivanovic led the Cougars in rebounding with 9 each.
Sherrard Watson and Jamie Jones led the Pilots with 8 points each and Kevin Field pulled down 11 rebounds.