BYU basketball: Cougars lead Mercer 44-35 at half
BYU basketball • The Cougars are 22-11 this season.
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Provo • With the pace of the game much to their liking, the BYU Cougars own a 44-35 lead over Mercer on Monday night at the Marriott Center in an NIT second-round game.

Brandon Davies scored 15 points in the first half, and Matt Carlino added 13.

Both teams shot well from 3-point range, as BYU made 6 of 10 long-range shots and Mercer made 5 of 8.

The Cougars couldn't have asked for a better start, as Carlino hit a pair of 3-pointers and Brock Zylstra added another to give them a quick 11-3 lead.

Shots kept dropping for BYU over the next 10 minutes, and when Nate Austin made a layup, the Cougars had a 28-11 lead with 8 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the half.

But Mercer found its stride after that, and the Bears crawled back into the game.

A couple 3-pointers by Langston Hall spurred the uprising, and Mercer trimmed the big deficit to four, 32-28, with just more than four minutes left in the half.

Five straight points by Davies righted the Cougars, however, and they took a nine-point lead into intermission.

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