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BYU vs. LMU Box Score
BYU vs. LMU Game Recap
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Eric Mika reached double figures for a 33rd-consecutive game, tied for the ninth longest streak of consecutive games in double figures in BYU history. Mika finished with 25 points, his 15th 20-point game of the season, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Yoeli Childs set a new career high with five assits. He also reached double figures in the first half with 10 points, his 13th double figure game of the season. He finished the game with 13 points, nine boards, five assists, one block and one steal.
Nick Emery hit a transition 3 at the 13:43 mark in the second half to give him 14 points for the game and 1,001 for his career, making him the 50th player in BYU history with 1,000 career points. Emery reached double figures for the 19th time this season and hit 3-plus 3s for the 12th time. He finished the night with 21 points, hit 5 of 7 from the field, 4 of 6 from 3 and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line.
Elijah Bryant finished with 15 points, giving him double figures for the third-straight game, sixth time in seven games and 13th time this season.
TJ Haws scored 14 points, his 24th double figure game of the season. He is now tied with Eric Mika and Shawn Bradley for fourth most double figure games by a Cougar freshman. Haws also hit a pair of 3s, giving him a 3-pointer in 14-straight games.
BYU opened the game 3 of 3 and 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Nick Emery hit two and Elijah Bryant and TJ Haws hit one apiece. The hot shooting helped the Cougars open up 9-2 and 14-8 leads.
BYU led 42-38 at the half. 18-1 coming into today when leading at the half
Dave Rose started TJ Haws, Nick Emery, Elijah Bryant, Yoeli Childs and Eric Mika. BYU is now 2-2 with that starting five.
The Cougars had five players score in double figures (all five starters) for the third time this season. BYU is 3-0 this season when five players score in double figures.
BYU Coach Dave Rose
It was a really hard fought game. Both teams came out comfortable and confident. We both hit shots from the perimeter. When it settled down LMU did a really good job of isolating us and attacking us off the dribble. We got ourselves in foul trouble, and so we adjusted and went into a couple different zones that we run.
But, I think I am most proud of our guys for responding to their runs. We’d get a little lead and they would come back at us. We were able to respond every time, and that is a sign of a team that is playing tight together as a group and is executing well. We are looking forward to the next round.
LMU is a team that plays a lot of players. They pick you up full court and three-quarter court and they contest every pass, every catch and every shot. They usually use a lot of fouls during the game. It got pretty physical in the middle of the game. They became pretty successful at it (their defense).
They took the ball from us three or four times as we made a run. It’s a long game and you have to be able to deal with the runs of the game. I thought how we dealt with their pressure overall for 40 minutes was pretty good. Their attacking style led to some pretty easy baskets for us.
I think our bench kind of weathered the storm for us at times. It’s a different group every time. We usually go three deep off the bench, and I think tonight we went four or five. They understand that when they get in there they have to be really productive early. We were in a tough spot early in the first half with guys with a lot of fouls.
For sure there have been a lot of ups and downs, but the important thing is that we have stuck together. Whether we are winning or losing games, we just come together and figure out how we are going to get the next game. I think that is huge for a team of young guys like us.
I think we are playing with a lot of confidence right now. That’s what is cool about our guys is that we are sticking together. We lost a few games, but we are learning from our mistakes and we want to learn and get better. We have a lot of confidence right now and we are playing poised. We just need to keep it going in the semis.
We are a very young team. Coach keeps bringing up that I am one of the oldest guys on the team after losing L.J. (Rose) and Kyle (Davis). But, that’s the fun part. We get to learn every day about how we can become better. This team has a lot of fight. We are a group of competitive guys.
My first thought was that I have never had three fouls in the first half. Coach kept me in and then I obviously made a mistake.
Shooting is a confidence thing. I was able to come out refreshed in the second half, and to be able to spark our team was big. It was a group effort tonight. I got wide-open shots from my teammates and was able to knock them down.
I play against (Steven) Beo and (Davin) Guinn in practice every day. They are tough guys. We can trust those guys. Davin is a hard worker and competitor. He had a couple steals for us in the second half that were huge for us. They both bring a momentum. I thought both of them did a great job tonight.