PORTLAND — Behind a career night from sophomore guard Elijah Bryant, BYU flew to a blowout 97-78 victory over the West Coast Conference's last-place team, Portland, on Thursday night at the Chiles Center.
Bryant scored a career-high 39 points, including 22 in the first half. He hit seven 3-pointers and was 12 of 12 from the free-throw line, as Bryant's 39 points is the most by a WCC player this season. Eric Mika added 19 points and eight rebounds, while Nick Emery had 16 points and three steals and Steven Beo tied his career high with 12 points.
BYU dominated from the start and led by as 27 points while also hitting a season-high 13 3-pointers. The Cougars shot 50 percent from the field in the game overall.
The Cougars will clinch the third seed in the upcoming WCC tournament with either a win or a Santa Clara loss on Saturday.
• Braiden Shaw, making his first career start for BYU with Yoeli Childs ailing, had a career-high 11 rebounds. That included nine in the first half, as well as five offensive rebounds.
• BYU's 51 first-half points tied for second most in the first half this season.
• This was the Pilots' 15th straight conference loss, after Portland won its first two games to open league play this year.
Records: BYU 20-10 (11-6), 3rd place; Portland 10-20 (2-15), 10th place
BYU: Elijah Bryant had 39 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Portland: Gabe Taylor had 18 points and two rebounds.
BYU: at Gonzaga, Saturday, 8 p.m. MST
Portland: at San Diego, Saturday, 7 p.m.