The BYU Cougars picked up their ninth-straight win, defeating Portland to kickstart West Coast Conference play.
The turning point: Midway through the second half, BYU held Portland scoreless for six minutes while going on a 12-0 run to take control of the game.
- BYU outscored Portland 38-21 in the second half.
- The Cougars shot 74 percent from the free-throw line, while the Pilots shot just 31 percent.
- BYU outrebounded Portland 46-28.
BYU almanac: 12-2 (1-0 WCC) The hero: Yoeli Childs finished with 26 points, a career high. He also added 13 rebounds.
Next up: vs. Saint Mary's (11-2, 0-0 WCC), Sat., Dec. 30, 2 p.m.
On deck: at San Francisco (8-5, 0-0 WCC), Thurs., Jan. 4, 9 p.m.