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Collinsworth, BYU get off to strong start, beat Saint Mary's 82-60

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PROVO, Utah — Kyle Collinsworth scored 17 points, including eight in a key first-half run, in helping BYU overwhelm Saint Mary's 82-60 on Thursday night.

Collinsworth's eight points sparked a 13-0 run midway through the opening half as the Cougars took a 19-point lead. The lead remained in double figures thereafter.

PHOTO: BYU guard Frank Bartley IV (24) loses control of the ball during an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Mary's on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Sammy Jo Hester)
BYU guard Frank Bartley IV (24) loses control of the ball during an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Mary's on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Sammy Jo Hester)

BYU led 42-30 at halftime and opened up the second half with six unanswered points. The Cougars led by as many as 31 points with 8:43 remaining in the game.

Skyler Halford added 17 points, Tyler Haws 15 and Chase Fischer 14 for the Cougars (19-8, 9-5 West Coast Conference), who are alone in third place after Pepperdine lost to Portland Thursday. BYU made 9 of 19 3-pointers and shot 50 percent overall.

Brad Waldow scored 17 points for the Gaels (18-6, 10-3), who are second in the WCC behind third-ranked Gonzaga. Garrett Jackson added 13 points and Kerry Carter 11.

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