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Video analysis: BYU guards collectively overcome star performance from Santa Clara's Brownridge

LAS VEGAS — BYU's Nick Emery didn't outscore Santa Clara's Jared Brownridge this time around, but it didn't matter. The Cougars won again.

Emery scored a team-leading 15 points as BYU beat the Broncos 72-60 in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament on Saturday, a number that was half of Brownridge's 30.

The previous two times these teams met this season, Emery scored 23 points and 31 points, respectively, while Brownridge, the league's second-leading scorer, was held to 16 in each contest.

Emery had help this time from BYU's guards, from Kyle Collinsworth to Chase Fischer, as well as from fellow freshman Zac Seljaas. Combined, the quartet scored 54 of BYU's 72 points.

Emery carried the Cougars in the first half, hitting 4 of 6 shots, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. His first 3-pointer came off a dish from Fischer in transition after a Brownridge miss. His second, less than a minute later, came on a possession when the BYU guards moved the ball effectively around the perimeter and inside before Emery was a beneficiary, hitting a 3 off an assist from Seljaas.

Foul trouble saddled Emery in the second half, though, and he fouled out late after missing all five of his second-half attempts while trying to rebuild some consistency.

Brownridge was a bulk shooter, converting on 9 of 28 field goal attempts as Santa Clara struggled with its shooting, hitting just 36.2 percent. At one point, he missed eight straight shots after hitting two of his first three shots.

But when Santa Clara needed him, Brownridge came up with several key shots as the Broncos rallied from a 17-point deficit to make it a one-possession game several times in the second half. He also got to the free-throw line consistently, hitting 9-of-11 from the stripe.

This contested 3-pointer from Brownridge got the Broncos within one, at 42-41 with 14:27 to play. With the shot clock running down, he put up the 3 over an outstretched Emery.

But even with Emery sat on the bench through much of the second half, the other Cougar guards came through. Seljaas had a strong performance throughout with 12 points and three 3-pointers. Collinsworth provided a typical all-around effort with 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists. He also was tasked with guarding Brownridge.

And Fischer keyed a critical five-point swing late, as a 3-pointer and a layup on back-to-back possessions turned a four-point game into a nine-point lead.

At that point, BYU could breathe a little and eventually advanced after Fischer, Seljaas and Collinsworth scored the Cougars' final seven points from the free-throw line.

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