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Kyle Collinsworth’s triple-double propels BYU past Portland

Kyle Collinsworth had his fifth triple-double of the season, increasing his NCAA career record to 11, and six players scored in double figures as BYU rolled to a 99-81 win over Portland on Thursday night in Provo, Utah.

Collinsworth had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 16 assists, for the Cougars, who led 53-26 at halftime on the way to their fifth straight win.

Chase Fisher had 21 points, Nick Emery 18 and reserve Jordan Chatman had a career-high 13.

Jazz Johnson came off the bench to score all 17 of his points in the second half to lead the Pilots. Bryce Pressley had 15 and Ray Barreno had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

BYU was up three just past the midway point of the first half when the Cougars reeled off 13-straight points, ending with three-consecutive 3s – the last two by Chatman. A 3 from Emery at the 2:23 mark made it 50-26.

Saint Mary’s 75, Santa Clara 50: Emmett Naar scored 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting, while Evan Fitzner hit three 3s and finished with 13 points to lead the Gaels past the Broncos in Moraga, California.

Dane Pineau had 10 points and eight rebounds for Saint Mary’s, which has won four in a row.

Naar made layups on three-consecutive possessions as the Gaels took a 15-5 lead just more than six minutes in.

A 3 by Fitzner made it 33-20 at the half as Saint Mary’s committed just one turnover and outscored Santa Clara 22-6 in the paint before the break.

The Gaels shot 55.6 percent (15 of 27) in the second half and finished with a season-low three turnovers, their fewest since committing three in a 94-72 win over Mississippi State on Dec. 29, 2010.

Jared Brownridge led the Broncos with 16 points. Kai Healy scored 13.

Pacific 79, San Francisco 70: Eric Thompson shot 7 for 8 from the field, scored 16 points and added six rebounds to lead the Tigers past the Dons in Stockton, California, to snap a four-game losing streak.

Pacific also broke its six-game losing streak against San Francisco.

The Tigers outscored San Francisco 12-2 in the final 3:37 of play to secure the win. Ray Bowles’ jumper gave Pacific a 69-68 lead, which started the run.

Pacific led 36-29 at the half before the Dons started the second half outscoring the Tigers 19-10. Uche Ofoegbu hit a 3 to give the Dons a 48-46 lead. Devin Watson also hit a 3 during the stretch to give San Francisco its first lead of the game, 44-43.

Watson led San Francisco with 20 points but was 4 for 15 from the floor.