No. 21 BYU blows past Colorado State
Provo, UT (Sports Network) – Keena Young poured in 16 of his 24 points in the
second half to lead 21st-ranked BYU over Colorado State, 76-67, at Marriott
Lee Cummard scored 20 points and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity
stripe for BYU (21-6, 11-2 MWC), which has won eight in a row and 16 of its
last 18 games. Austin Ainge chipped in with 13 points, and also dished out
eight assists for the Cougars.
Jason Smith scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Colorado State
(15-11, 5-9), which has lost seven of its last eight contests. Stuart Creason
donated 17 points, while Tyler Smith finished with 15 for the Rams.
The Cougars built a five-point edge, 7-2, just minutes into the game but
couldn’t pad the lead as both teams had trouble making shots early on.
Smith’s dunk tied it at 10-10 at 11:19, but Ainge fired back with a three-
point shot for BYU, which went on a 14-5 burst — capped by a pair of
Cummard free throws — to grab a 24-15 lead.
The Rams answered and later pulled within three, 27-24, at 3:09.
BYU then responded with a 10-4 run and led 37-28 at the break.
The Cougars put the game away in the second half, their lead never less than
seven, while a couple of Young free throws extended the lead to 57-42 with
8:57 remaining in the contest.
Smith’s jumper pulled Colorado State within seven, 64-57, with 3:09 remaining,
but the BYU lead ballooned to 11 with just 1:33 remaining and the Cougars
cruised to the final buzzer.
BYU’s eight-game winning streak is its longest of the season…The Cougars
have won 30 straight games at home…BYU leads the all-time series, 81-46.