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The BYU Cougars got a career night from Elijah Bryant on their way to a 97-78 win over the Portland Pilots on the road Thursday night. Bryant finished with 39 points while connecting on 7 of 12 shots from beyond the arc and all 12 of his free throws.

He had plenty of help as three other Cougars scored in double figures, including Eric Mika who totaled 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Nick Emery added 16 points on 50 percent shooting from beyond the arc while Steven Beo totaled 12 points and three rebounds off the bench.

Gabe Taylor led the way for the Pilots — who fell to 10-20 on the season — with 18 points on 10 for 11 shooting from the free-throw line while Xavier Hallinan chipped in 17 points.

Why the Cougars won

The Cougars got off to a hot shooting start and never looked back. They scored 33 points and held a 16-point lead before the clock hit the midway point of the first half and shot well enough the rest of the way to come away with the convincing win.

The turning point

After giving up the first basket of the night, the Cougars scored 14 of the next 15 points to open up an 11-point lead. Bryant was key in the early run with three 3-point shots.

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The BYU Cougars bounced back from their loss to Saint Mary’s with a resounding 91-62 win over the Pacific Tigers in the Marriott Center on Saturday night.

The Cougars used a balanced scoring attack led by Eric Mika, who totaled 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor while adding 10 rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.

Elijah Bryant added 17 points on his own on 5-for-7 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 3 from beyond the arc in just his second game back from injury.

Anthony Townes led the way for the Tigers with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting, while Jacob Lampkin chipped in with 10 points.

Why the Cougars won

It was a complete performance from the Cougars. They shot the ball well from inside and out and did a good job getting to the free-throw line.

They also shared the ball well and got one of their most productive bench scoring nights of the season.

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Former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth has seen his ups and downs during the start of his professional career as a member of the D-League’s Texas Legends.

After starting out the season as one of the team’s primary ball handlers, his role has changed with the additions of Pierre Jackson and Tony Wroten.

While his assist numbers have dropped since the pair of talented guards have come aboard, Collinsworth has still been contributing in other ways for Texas.

His return to Salt Lake City on Thursday night showed how he has grown in his new opportunity as he had one of his best games of the season.

In the Legends’ 114-90 win over the Stars, He totaled nine points on 4 for 6 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt. He added a team-high 11 rebounds, including four on the offensive end while adding two assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes off the bench.

The nine points tied for his second best scoring output of the season while the 66.7 percent shooting from the floor is a new career high for a game where he shot at least five times.

His rebounding numbers have shown that he has figured out a way to still make a significant impact even without the ball in his hands. Over the last three games, he is averaging 10.3 rebounds a night, including 4.3 on the offensive end.

That has bolstered his offensive rebounding average to 3.1 per game and into the top 10 in the league (of players who have played at least eight games).

He has also done a terrific job getting into passing lanes and getting steals where he ranks at No. 13 in the league with 1.9 a contest.

As for things Collinsworth is trying to work on, he said that outside shooting was a big emphasis.

That part of his game is a work in progress having made just 13.3 percent of his 3-point shots (2 of 15).

“It’s a process,” said Collinsworth. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint. I always have to tell myself that, just to stay patient and keep working hard. It’s a challenge and I’m embracing it each day.”

For the season, he is averaging 6.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting to go along with 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals.