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BYU beats Portland, 79-60

Published: Saturday, Feb. 4 2012 10:23 p.m. MST

PORTLAND, Ore. — BYU outscored Portland from the free-throw line, 38-10, and defeated the Pilots Saturday night at the Chiles Center, 79-60.

Brandon Davies scored a game-high 18 to go along with 12 rebounds and six steals, while Noah Hartsock finished with 12 — all from the free throw line — and Matt Carlino chipped in 11.

BYU improved to 20-6 overall and 8-3 in the West Coast Conference, while Portland fell to 6-18 and 3-8.

The Cougars' outside shooting woes continued, as they made just 3-of-16 from 3-point territory.

BYU led by five, 32-27, at halftime, but Kevin Bailey scored eight straight Pilot points to open the second half to give Portland a 35-34 advantage. The Pilots went up by as many as four, 39-35.

That's when the Cougars started pounding the ball inside to Davies and Hartsock with good results.

BYU pushed its lead to 10 to cap a 22-8 run, and then held on for the win.

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