BYU men’s basketball fought off a late-game surge by the Toreros to advance to the semi-finals of the West Coast Conference tournament. Elijah Bryant and Yoeli Childs both scored over 20 points to lead the Cougars to the 85-79 win.
There were 11 lead changes in the first half, with the Toreros leading 18-10 seven minutes into the game.
BYU then went on an 11-2 run behind Bryant to take a 21-20 lead with 9:38 left in the first half.
BYU kept the lead to head into the locker room up 39-35, with Bryant and Childs both in double digits already.
The Cougars controlled the majority of the second half, taking their largest lead, 60-43 midway through the period.
The Toreros then went on a 29-11 run over the following seven minutes, tying the game at 71 with 3:28 left in the game.
All of BYU’s starters had three or more fouls in the game, with Bryant and Haws both fouling out in the final minutes.
The Cougars made eight free throws in a row to close the game, and Childs got a breakaway dunk to seal the first-round victory.
BYU will take on the winner of Saint Mary’s vs. Pepperdine at 8:30 p.m. PST on Monday, Mar. 5.