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BYU basketball: Cougars jump out to a quick start, defeat Northern Arizona

Published: Thursday, Dec. 27 2012 9:30 p.m. MST

BYU forward Nate Austin, center, claps after a BYU point during the first half of the NCAA basketball game between the BYU Cougars and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Marriott Arena, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.

Ben Brewer, Deseret News

PROVO — It did not take long for BYU to establish a lead over Northern Arizona University, and it only grew as the game went on.

The Cougars easily defeated the visiting Lumberjacks on Thursday night at the Marriott Center, 84-54.

As usual, big nights by Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws, who combined for a total of 42 points, led BYU to victory. Davies finished with a double-double, 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Matt Carlino tallied six of his team's 18 total assists but struggled shooting the ball as he went 3 for 9 from the field for six points.

The bright point for disheartened Northern Arizona was backup guard Michael Gunn, who scored 17 points.

Whitney O'Bannon is currently a new media sports intern for the Deseret News.

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