Russell Larson scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the BYU Cougars to the championship of the Cable Car Classic with a 76-55 victory over Santa Clara Saturday.

BYU, who led by only six, 35-29, at the half but opened the second half with a 23-10 spurt that put them in charge for good.Larsen, who scored 25 points in BYU's win over San Jose Friday night, was named tournament MVP.

The Cougars improved their preseason record to 9-3 and will open up the WAC season Tuesday against Utah.