Consecutive 3-pointers from Ethan Telfair and Hayes Garrity helped the Bengals (3-10) cut an 18-point halftime deficit to 10 with 11:35 remaining. The Cougars (8-4) answered with an 11-0 run in the next four minutes to put the game away.
“I’m really pleased with our team,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said in a news release from the school. “I thought we did some things tonight that helped us get better. It was one of the first games we’ve played with an opponent that plays that much zone. We got better at attacking it as the game went on.”
BYU (8-4) turned the final seven minutes into what felt like an exhibition, scoring at ease in a run that included three Childs dunks.
The Cougars knocked down an efficient 9 of 22 from the 3-point line, including three each from L.J. Rose and TJ Haws.
Haws added 17 points for the Cougars, who shot 51.7 percent from the field.
ISU’s star Telfair led the Bengals with 13 points, but shot just 3 of 16 from the field in the loss. Geno Luzcando was the only other Bengal in double figures with 11.
BYU won the battle of the boards 46-28 and outscored Idaho State 34-14 in the paint.
The Cougars close non-conference play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, while playing host to Cal State Bakersfield. BYU then turns to West Coast Conference play, which begins Thursday, Dec. 29, in a home game against Santa Clara.