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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
in Provo Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

On average, Santa Clara only gives up 52 points a game. It already has given up 47 points to BYU, but it only trails the Cougars by one at halftime, 47-46.

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The Cougars were very aggressive on the offensive end in the first half and were able to get inside for easy baskets.

Josh Sharp, Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino each scored 12 first-half points for BYU. Carlino was hit in the face with about eight minutes remaining in the half and went to the locker room to stop the bleeding. He is expected to have his eye stitched up during the break.

Santa Clara shot well from beyond the arc, making 7 of 12 3-pointers. The Broncos are led by starting guard Raymond Cowels III, who finished the half with 13 points and three rebounds.

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