PROVO The Provo Bulldogs pushed their winning streak to six after overcoming a four-point halftime deficit against visiting Springville on Friday night.
Despite trailing most of the first half, Provo outscored the Red Devils by 29 in the final two quarters to secure a 64-48 win.
Sophomore Kyle Collinsworth led all scorers with 21, and junior Brandon Davies added 17 for league-leading Provo, which is now undefeated in Region 7.
"Springville came out with a good game plan," Provo coach Craig Drury said. "We knew we had to make some adjustments after the first half. We changed some of our schemes and Brandon (Davies) took the challenge and stepped up in the third quarter."
The 6-foot-8 senior had 10 points in the second half, six of those coming in the third quarter, including a three-point play that put Provo ahead for the first time since leading 10-8 in the first quarter. Collinsworth had eight points in the third period, helping Provo turn a four-point deficit into an eight-point lead without starter Scott Edwards, who sat out the half with an arm contusion.
"Scott Edwards is a great player," Drury said. "He tried to play through it the first half, but we had to sit him in the second."
Even after being outscored 22-10 in the third quarter, Springville managed to stay within striking distance with good foul shooting and two timely 3-pointers by guards Michael Salazar and Alex Mortensen. Kurt Everett's basket inside cut the Bulldogs' lead to six with just under six minutes left in the fourth quarter.
But the Red Devils went cold from outside and couldn't keep pace with Provo down the stretch. On the next possession, Bulldog senior Adam Law hit a big 3-pointer and came right back with a fast-break layup after picking Salazar's pocket near midcourt. Provo closed out the quarter on a 10-4 scoring run and had three players in double figures.
"Adam is a great player," Drury said. "We had a lot of guys step up without Scott (Edwards) in the second half."
Senior guard C.J. Thornton came off the bench with 11 and Kyson Koop finished with eight.
With the win, Provo improves to 12-3 overall and 6-0 in Region 7. The Red Devils (3-3, 8-7) have now lost two straight games by an average of 19 points and are now in fourth place in the region behind 4-2 Payson.