PROVO, Utah (AP) - Jonathan Tavernari scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead hot-shooting Brigham Young to a 94-60 win over Colorado State Wednesday night.
BYU (18-5, 6-3 Mountain West) connected on 72 percent of its shots in the opening half, including 7-of-9 from beyond the 3-point line. As a result, the Cougars went on a 25-5 run midway through the first half to push a 15-14 lead to a 40-19 lead.
Before the half was over, the Cougars had pushed the lead to as high as 27 points.
Colorado State (8-16, 3-7) was outscored 26-10 in the paint and 12-2 on fast breaks during the decisive first half, which ended 51-27.
The Cougars shot 65 percent for the game to the Rams' 32 percent.
James Anderson scored a career-high 16 points for the Cougars, followed by Jimmer Fredette with 15 and Lee Cummard with 14.
The Rams were led by Marcus Walker and Willis Gardner with 19 and 13 points respectively.
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