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BYU's bench watches as BYU Cougars and San Diego Toreros play in WCC tournament action at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Scott Winterton, Deseret News)
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Cougars Go To Break With 5th Largest Halftime Deficit In School History

BYU's bench watches as BYU Cougars and San Diego Toreros play in WCC tournament action at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – The start of the BYU Cougars’ quarterfinals matchup against San Diego couldn’t have gone any worse. The Cougars trailed at halftime 46-19.

The 27-point halftime deficit earned a spot of infamy in BYU’s record books. It was the fifth-largest halftime deficit in program history.

Right out the gates, San Diego was in charge, roaring out to a 13-0 advantage. It took the Cougars over five minutes to get on the board, which they finally did after missing their first six shots.

Things didn’t get much better for BYU as the half progressed. As a team, the Cougars shot just 25 percent from the field without a make from beyond the arc. They also had just one assist on only six made field goals.

Yoeli Childs had 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting while the rest of the team went 2-for-14.

The previous season low for any half by the Cougars was a 24-point posting in the first half of the 93-63 loss to Gonzaga on Jan. 31. By putting up just 19 points in the opening 20 minutes, the Cougars set a new season low.