The road can be a dangerous place for any team.
Jake Toolson got BYU off to a good start and Yoeli Childs turned it on in the second half to make sure the Cougars had no issues in Portland on Thursday.
Toolson scored 22 points on 6 of 8 from the 3-point line and Childs scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half as BYU routed the Pilots 85-54 at the Chiles Center.
BYU made its first seven field goal to start the second half and outscored Portland 20-4, with 10 points from Childs as the senior forward finally got untracked after a slow start. A Dalton Nixon layup pushed the Cougar advantage to 28 points, 63-35, with 12:43 to play. A 3-pointer by Nixon extended the BYU lead to 34, 78-43, with 5:54 left in the game.
The Cougars held Portland without a point for nearly eight minutes in the second half.
Alex Barcello had 10 of his 17 points in the first half and Kolby Lee contributed a career-best 10 rebounds for the Cougars.
A pair of 3-pointers courtesy of Toolson and Alex Barcello got BYU out to a quick 17-9 lead. TJ Haws dropped in a triple and BYU led by 11, 22-11, with 10:50 to play in the first half. Portland went on a 6-0 run, aided by a couple of Cougar turnovers, to close to 33-29 with three minutes remaining. BYU ended the half outscoring the Pilots 10-2 as Toolson connected on back-to-back 3-pointers. Childs, who struggled offensively in the first half, converted a 3-point play with 1.5 seconds showing and the Cougars took a 43-31 lead into the break.
Toolson was 4 of 5 from the 3-point line in the first half and led BYU with 12 points. Barcello was 2 of 3 from beyond the arc and scored 17 points. Childs was just 1 of 6 from the field and 4 of 9 from the foul line for six points.
BYU was 7 of 13 (54 percent) from the 3-point line. The Cougars also made 12 of 17 from the foul line.
Jo Jo Walker led Portland (1-9 WCC, 9-16 overall) with 12 points.
BYU (7-3, 18-7) will host San Francisco on Saturday at the Marriott Center.