Portland 66 at BYU 76

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Davies, Zylstra lead BYU over Portland 76-66
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012

PROVO, Utah (AP)—Brandon Davies scored 25 points and Brock Zylstra had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead BYU to a 76-66 victory against Portland on Saturday.

Charles Abouo added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars (24-7, 12-4 West Coast), who played without leading scorer Noah Hartsock (knee). BYU clinched the No. 3 seed in next week’s WCC tournament and receives a bye to the quarterfinals.

Ryan Nicholas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Tanner Riley 16 points for the Pilots (6-23, 3-13), who will be the eighth seed. Portland plays No. 9 seed Santa Clara in Wednesday’s opening-round contest.

The Cougars scored the game’s first eight points and never trailed. The Pilots got within 67-61 with 3:53 remaining but went scoreless for almost two minutes as Abouo hit two free throws and had a three-point play to spark a 9-0 run.

BYU had a decided edge in free throws, making 21 of 31 (67.7 percent). Portland had just nine attempts from the line, making five.

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 Portland
Ryan Nicholas Ryan Nicholas
8-14,  19 Pts
14 Rebs, 2 Assists
 BYU
Brandon Davies Brandon Davies
10-13,  25 Pts
2 Rebs, 2 Assists

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