Santa Clara, Calif. • Yoeli Childs became 20 on Saturday, after which virtually became former BYU big name Kyle Collinsworth.
BYU’s 6-foot-Eight ahead celebrated his birthday by means of flirting with a triple-double and the Cougars rolled previous Santa Clara 84-50 in entrance of three,369 at Leavey Center. Childs had 22 issues, 13 rebounds and a career-high 8 assists and the Cougars performed flawlessly to enhance to Four-2 in West Coast Conference play, 15-Four total.
“It should be his birthday every night,” mentioned BYU trainer Dave Rose.
Childs most likely would have reached the milestone that Collinsworth made well-known in Provo, however Rose took him out of the sport with 9 mins, 15 seconds final and the Cougars main 66-36.
“It is all good,” Childs mentioned. “Coach was joking about it, saying, ‘Yoeli you will always remember on your birthday when I took a triple-double away from you.’ I am sure I will have one eventually. My teammates are too good. They make too many shots. I get the ball way too much for that not to happen eventually.”
The Cougars may have the funds for to snigger and comic story, as a result of they ruled the Broncos (6-12, Three-Three) from begin to end and were given a measure of revenge for that puzzling 76-68 loss right here closing 12 months in overdue January, a loss that snapped their 13-game successful streak over Santa Clara.
“Our guys were good,” Rose mentioned. “I thought we were really good offensively the whole game and defensively after the first five or six minutes. I have said this a lot: Sometimes when you play that way it gets contagious. The key was sharing the ball.”
Elijah Bryant and TJ Haws added 14 issues apiece and Zac Seljaas chipped in 11. Haws made his first 5 photographs — 4 from Three-point vary — and broke out of a gentle capturing hunch.
“Seeing that first one fall is really good for me,” Haws mentioned. “I felt like I was going to shoot the ball well tonight.”
The Cougars performed their very best first part of the season and rolled out to a 46-28 lead on the smash.
They shot 79 p.c in the part (19 of 24) and outrebounded the Broncos 19-2 in the hole 20 mins. They completed capturing 61.five p.c.
“We just made a lot of shots, I guess,” mentioned Childs, explaining the rebounding disparity.
BYU made its first 3 photographs of the second one part — it used to be 22 of 27 at that time — and prolonged the result in 55-31 on a three-point play by means of Bryant. Haws stayed sizzling, making a couple of Three-pointers to open the second one part.
“TJ is the best player I have ever played with in terms of making the right decisions,” Childs mentioned.
Wasatch Academy product Josip Vrankic led the Broncos with 20 issues, however Santa Clara neglected 16 instantly photographs in the second one part and went greater than 12 mins with out a box purpose.
Rose challenged level guard Jahshire Hardnett to make lifestyles tricky for Santa Clara’s main scorer, KJ Feagin, and he delivered.
“That is a kid who has caused us problems,” Rose mentioned.
Not in this evening. Feagin, an 18-point scorer, used to be simply Three of 11 and completed with 9 issues.
“As far as a 40-minute game, to continually stay connected, and stay with our game plan, and continue to rely on each other, it might be as good as I’ve seen from our guys,” Rose mentioned.
Santa Clara stayed somewhat close in the primary part by means of making five of 10 Three-point makes an attempt, however cooled off from there, too, and completed capturing 34 p.c.
“I thought we were really connected on both ends of the floor,” Haws mentioned.
Up subsequent for the Cougars is a two-game homestand in opposition to Loyola Marymount and San Diego on Thursday and Saturday.