The BYU Cougars shot a season-best 61.5 percent from the floor and opened a 17-point halftime lead en route to a 91-81 win over the Santa Clara Broncos at the Leavey Center on Saturday night.
The Broncos (10-11, 3-5 West Coast Conference) have lost three in a row after not being able to stop the Cougars (13-7, 5-2). Santa Clara trailed 12-10 about seven minutes into the game, but BYU went on a 10-2 spurt to open a double-digit lead and never looked back.
Santa Clara heated up after halftime, hitting 17-of-30 from the floor (56.7 percent), but never got the deficit inside single digits.
Kyle Collinsworth had 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Cougars. Tyler Haws and Anson Winder each scored 16 points, Matt Carlino finished with 15 points and nine assists and Eric Mika and Skyler Halford had 10 points apiece. Nate Austin pulled down seven rebounds as well.
Jared Brownridge scored a season-high 30 points for the Broncos and Brandon Clark had 20 points and seven assists. Yannick Atanga led the Broncos with six rebounds.
BYU was 32-for-52 overall, 7-for-11 (63.6 percent) from 3-point range and 20-for-29 (69 percent) from the line. Santa Clara was 27-for-61 (44.3 percent), 9-for-25 (36 percent) and 18-for-22 (81.8 percent).
The Cougars owned the glass 36-27, but had 13 turnovers while the Broncos gave it away only nine times.
Santa Clara is off for a week before visiting USF for a 5 p.m. Saturday tipoff.