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BYU leads Gonzaga at halftime, 38-24

Published: Thursday, Feb. 2 2012 10:08 p.m. MST

BYU fans cheer as the Cougars play Gonzaga during NCAA basketball action in Provo  Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) BYU fans cheer as the Cougars play Gonzaga during NCAA basketball action in Provo Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO — BYU guard Anson Winder started his first game since at Utah on Dec. 10, and it's proven to be a good move.

Winder has been a catalyst in the Cougars' 38-24 lead over Gonzaga at halftime at the Marriott Center.

At intermission, Winder has seven points, three steals and three assists as BYU ended the half on a 25-9 run.

Freshman guard Damarcus Harrison hit the Cougars' first 3-pointer of the night, with 2:25 remaining in the first half, to give BYU a 34-22 advantage.

The Cougars sprinted to a 7-2 lead thanks to back-to-back steals by Winder. The Bulldogs battled back to take a 10-7 lead.

A jumper by Noah Hartsock put BYU up, 17-15, an advantage the Cougars didn't relinquish the rest of the half.

BYU fans cheer as the Cougars play Gonzaga during NCAA basketball action in Provo  Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) BYU fans cheer as the Cougars play Gonzaga during NCAA basketball action in Provo Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

BYU's Charles Abouo has three first-half fouls.

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