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BYU's Luke Worthington goes for a layup as the Cougars defeat Santa Clara 80-74 in the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

PROVO — Luke Worthington has seen his role sort of ebb and flow throughout the early part of the season, although his play seems to be taking a positive course. Called upon again to start during BYU's 80-74 win over Santa Clara on Saturday, the 6-foot-10 senior responded with a season-high 13 points with nine of those points coming in the first half.

"Fortunately, I just got open," Worthington said. "My teammates got a lot of attention, and so I was able to be in the right spot at the right time and put the ball in the basket. I was just happy we were able to click offensively."

Worthington was also efficient in scoring his 13 points, going 5-of-6 from the field while grabbing four rebounds and recording two steals before fouling out late.

HARDNETT SITS: BYU junior guard Jahshire Hardnett sat for the second game in a row during Saturday's win with a reported hand injury. Hardnett was the subject of transfer rumors early in the week and hasn't suited up since those rumors hit Twitter and the message boards.

The Chipola College transfer is currently going through a "rough time," according to BYU coach Dave Rose.

Filling in for Hardnett off the bench was primarily Nick Emery, who went scoreless in 19 minutes of play.

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When asked of Hardnett's status after the game, Rose responded "He's in the hands of the doctor now, and when he gets cleared he'll get out there."

LOCAL FLAVOR: Santa Clara forward Josip Vrankic had a sort-of homecoming in Provo and responded well, scoring 16 points and pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Although Vrankic is from Toronto, he played high school ball for Wasatch Academy, which is a little over an hour's drive south of Provo. The 6-foot-8 forward averages 13.4 points per game.