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Childs' big night sparks BYU to 74-59 win over Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Yoeli Childs turned a rivalry game between BYU and Utah into his own personal highlight reel.

Childs dominated on both ends of the court in leading the Cougars to a 74-59 victory over the Utes on Saturday. Whatever Utah had in its defensive scouting report on the junior forward didn't cover enough ground.

For 40 minutes, Childs threw down ferocious dunks, knocked down jumpers, wrestled away rebounds, and set teammates up for easy baskets. He finished with 31 points for a third consecutive game after shooting 13 of 16 from the field. Childs also added 11 rebounds to earn his seventh double-double of the season.

Making that sort of all-around impact to help BYU beat the Utes for the second straight year was icing on the cake for the Cougars' big man.

''Everybody wants to say it's just another game, right?'' Childs said. ''It's a game where you go out and lose and you got a bunch of little kids that are sad at home all night. It's a little bit more than your average game.''

T.J. Haws added 18 points and six rebounds, while Zac Seljaas chipped in with 14 points, six rebounds and five steals for the Cougars. BYU (7-4) has now won two straight after beating in-state rival Utah State on Wednesday.

Sedrick Barefield scored 16 points and Timmy Allen added 13 for the Utes. Utah (4-4) lost after shooting just 36.5 percent from the field.

Childs didn't waste any time ripping apart Utah's defense. He connected on his first five field-goal attempts to give BYU's offense a quick spark. The junior forward accounted for his team's first 12 points.

Seljaas followed Childs' opening barrage with back-to-back baskets and a pair of free throws to put the Cougars up 19-14 midway through the first half.

BYU played with more fire than at earlier times in the season, starting from the opening tip.

''We have lacked emotion. We have lacked urgency and togetherness and energy,'' BYU coach Dave Rose said. ''These types of games, for me personally, I kind of fear all that energy because then we're a little bit out of control and we're not executing. But I really encouraged them because that's the run we're on. That's what this team needs to do.''

A cold-shooting spell opened the door for Utah to stay within striking distance throughout the first half. BYU missed eight consecutive baskets and went 6:39 without a field goal before Haws finally ended the drought with a 3-pointer. The Utes answered with an 8-0 run during that stretch and took a 22-19 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers from Barefield and Riley Battin.

BYU went back in front 27-22 on Haws' 3-pointer off the dribble and another outside basket from Connor Harding on the team's subsequent possession. That set the stage for the Cougars to build a comfortable second-half lead.

Childs scored three baskets, highlighted by his first 3-pointer of the game, to fuel a 13-0 run that gave BYU a 45-28 lead with 14:17 left in the second half.

''I know we didn't have anybody that could stop him,'' Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. ''There were times we sent two guys at him and we still couldn't stop him. He's a willing passer. He puts you in a dilemma as a coaching staff any time you play him.''

Utah missed seven straight shots to open the half before Donnie Tillman and Both Gach scored back-to-back baskets to break the ice. The Utes closed the gap to 54-46 on two straight baskets from Barefield.

BYU slammed the door on a comeback by answering with seven straight baskets. Haws fueled the barrage with three of them. His final jumper gave the Cougars a 72-52 lead.

MAKING AMENDS

Before tipoff, BYU guard Nick Emery made a point of approaching Krystkowiak and engaging a friendly chat. He also spoke with the Utah coach after the game.

Emery punching Utah guard Brandon Taylor in a 2015 game originally led Krystkowiak to suspend the rivalry series for a year before it was finally revived in 2016. The two mended fences via text messages a year ago when Emery reached out to make an apology.

Krystkowiak said he's happy that Emery is back on the court for BYU again after sitting out a year and then serving a nine-game suspension this year for NCAA rules violations.

''It's not something that's made up,'' Krystkowiak said. ''It's not for TV. It's just real life, being involved with sports. A lot of emotion. A learning experience for both of us. I think we're better for it.''

A DIFFERENT TEAM

BYU is 2-0 since Emery returned to the lineup. The junior guard didn't make a major statistical impact in Saturday's game, finishing with zero points in 12 minutes. But his presence in the locker room and in practice has given the Cougars renewed energy.

Rose said he knew bringing back Emery to the program wouldn't come without scrutiny. He originally withdrew from the program during the 2017-18 season and served a nine-game suspension this season for accepting gifts from boosters in violation of NCAA rules. BYU was given two years probation and forced to vacate 47 wins from Emery's first two seasons in the program.

For Rose, getting Emery back in the fold was a move he needed to do.

''Nick completes this team,'' Rose said. ''The fact that he's back and we're rolling, it feels good. We're whole and we're together.''

THE BIG PICTURE

BYU: The Cougars looked like a new team against their in-state rivals. Childs dominated on both ends of the court and BYU was active in getting to loose balls and cleaning the glass. The Cougars have a chance to build some real momentum before WCC play.

Utah: It ended up being the same old story for the Utes. Utah couldn't knock down shots for long stretches and had no answer for many of BYU's key playmakers. The Utes need to find some consistent options on offense before the entire season gets away from them.

UP NEXT

BYU: The Cougars host Portland State on Wednesday

Utah: The Utes visit ninth-ranked Kentucky on Saturday

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Key Players
Y. Childs
D. Tillman
28.9 Min. Per Game 28.9
11.6 Pts. Per Game 11.6
1.6 Ast. Per Game 1.6
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
56.6 Field Goal % 45.9
28.0 Three Point % 29.0
82.9 Free Throw % 86.7
+ 3 Beau Rydalch made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Both Gach 13.0
  Bad pass turnover on Taylor Maughan 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Kolby Lee 37.0
  Timmy Allen missed 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
+ 1 Timmy Allen made 1st of 2 free throws 37.0
  Personal foul on Evan Troy 37.0
  Defensive rebound by Both Gach 43.0
  Nick Emery missed 3-pt. jump shot 45.0
  Defensive rebound by Connor Harding 1:06
  Donnie Tillman missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:08
+ 2 Yoeli Childs made tip-in 1:14
Team Stats
Points 74 59
Field Goals 27-57 (47.4%) 19-52 (36.5%)
3-Pointers 7-24 (29.2%) 10-30 (33.3%)
Free Throws 13-14 (92.9%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 40 28
Offensive 7 5
Defensive 28 21
Team 5 2
Assists 12 13
Steals 6 3
Blocks 3 2
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 17 14
Technicals 0 0
31 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
16 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Brigham Young 7-4 324274
home team logo Utah 4-4 283159
Team Stats
away team logo Brigham Young 7-4 85.1 PPG 43 RPG 16.9 APG
home team logo Utah 4-4 71.3 PPG 37.2 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
23
Y. Childs F 22.9 PPG 10.9 RPG 2.8 APG 55.6 FG%
2
S. Barefield G 12.9 PPG 1.7 RPG 3.3 APG 35.2 FG%
Top Scorers
Y. Childs F 31 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
S. Barefield G 16 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
47.4 FG% 36.5
29.2 3PT FG% 33.3
92.9 FT% 64.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Y. Childs 37 31 11 2 0 0 1 2 13/16 1/3 4/5 4 7
T. Haws 37 18 6 4 0 2 2 2 5/10 3/4 5/5 0 6
Z. Seljaas 37 14 6 3 5 1 2 3 5/14 2/8 2/2 1 5
C. Harding 24 5 5 1 0 0 1 4 2/5 1/2 0/0 0 5
J. Hardnett 22 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Y. Childs 37 31 11 2 0 0 1 2 13/16 1/3 4/5 4 7
T. Haws 37 18 6 4 0 2 2 2 5/10 3/4 5/5 0 6
Z. Seljaas 37 14 6 3 5 1 2 3 5/14 2/8 2/2 1 5
C. Harding 24 5 5 1 0 0 1 4 2/5 1/2 0/0 0 5
J. Hardnett 22 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Worthington 9 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 1
D. Nixon 10 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 2
N. Emery 13 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 1
M. Cannon 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Bergersen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
E. Troy 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Lee 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
G. Baxter 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0
T. Maughan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wade - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 74 35 12 6 3 10 17 27/57 7/24 13/14 7 28
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Barefield 35 16 2 1 1 0 1 0 6/18 3/11 1/3 0 2
D. Tillman 29 10 4 1 0 0 1 1 2/8 2/6 4/4 3 1
R. Battin 30 9 6 5 0 0 1 2 3/6 3/6 0/0 1 5
J. Johnson 20 2 4 0 0 1 3 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 4
P. Van Dyke 20 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Barefield 35 16 2 1 1 0 1 0 6/18 3/11 1/3 0 2
D. Tillman 29 10 4 1 0 0 1 1 2/8 2/6 4/4 3 1
R. Battin 30 9 6 5 0 0 1 2 3/6 3/6 0/0 1 5
J. Johnson 20 2 4 0 0 1 3 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 4
P. Van Dyke 20 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Allen 20 13 3 0 0 0 2 2 4/4 1/1 4/6 0 3
B. Gach 20 5 6 3 0 0 1 0 2/5 0/1 1/1 1 5
B. Rydalch 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0
N. Topalovic 17 1 0 1 2 1 1 2 0/1 0/0 1/3 0 0
C. Jones Jr. 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 0
B. Morley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Reininger - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Popoola - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Gaskin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Thioune - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Kremer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hendrix - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 59 26 13 3 2 11 14 19/52 10/30 11/17 5 21