LOS ANGELES – Kyle Collinsworth’s 10th career triple-double led the Cougars in a 91-80 victory over Loyola Marymount Thursday night at the Gersten Pavilion.
After a slow first half, Collinsworth finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists, five steals and two blocks. It was the tenth triple-double of his career to add to his NCAA record and his fourth of the season. Kyle Davis also had a big night, recording his eighth double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Nick Emery chipped in a BYU-high 24 points, shooting .500 from deep, while Chase Fischer added 20 points on the night for the Cougars. Zac Seljaas also knocked down four treys for 12 points.
BYU trailed 50-40 at half but came out of the break hot and regained the lead with a 23-11 edge in the first seven minutes to lead 63-61. They used a 13-1 in the final five minutes to pull away.
“When we got this lead it was really important we could finish and get our guys in a positive mind," head coach Dave Rose said. "The best part would be to not get behind and be in front the whole time. You can never really predict how these things are going to go and if you get yourself into that situation it’s good to now we can get out of it.”
The Cougars started the game going back and forth with the Lions, with a Fischer 3-pointer knotting things up at 13-13 with five minutes gone in the half.
After an LMU three, Fischer hit back-to-back shots from behind the arc to put BYU up 21-18 at the 13 minute mark.
Emery finished two layups in two straight possessions to bring the Cougar lead to 31-26 with 10 minutes to play in the first half.
A Seljaas 3-pointer at the three minute mark ended a six minute scoring drought for the Cougars, accompanied by a 20-0 LMU run that put BYU down 46-34.
A quick couple of baskets from Collinsworth and Davis in the last two minutes helped BYU get back into striking distance to end the half at 50-40.
Fischer finished the first half with 15 points, shooting 4-10 from 3-point range. Emery also contributed eight points, with Davis adding six points and eight boards for the Cougars in the half.
Emery started the second half on fire, knocking down three shots from deep in the first five minutes of the half to decrease the BYU deficit to 59-57.
After an LMU basket, BYU went on a 14-5 run, capped by threes from Fischer and Seljaas, to give the Cougars a 71-66 lead with 10 minutes to play.
Both teams traded baskets before a 6-0 LMU run gave the 79-78 lead back to the Lions with five minutes to go.
The Lion lead didn’t last long, as the Cougars responded with a crucial 13-1 run, including buckets from Seljaas, Emery, Davis and Collinsworth to end the game with the final score 91-80.
BYU will travel to Malibu to face Pepperdine this Saturday, Jan. 23, at 5 p.m. PST. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv and can be streamed on byutv.org. Cougar fans can also listen to the game on the Cougar IMG Sports Network (KSL 1160 AM or 102.7 FM) or on BYU Radio and Sirius XM 143.
After splitting a pair of games in the northwest, BYU basketball will play its first of two games in southern California when the Cougars play at Loyola Marymount Thursday at 8 p.m. PST. The game will be televised live on BYUtv, TWC Sports Network, ROOT Rocky Mountain/Northwest and CSN+ and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL NewsRadio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Live streaming video will be available on TheW.tv, (out-of-market) and BYUtv.org.
- BYU has played seven of its last nine games away from home and will make it nine of 11 with the Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine games this week. The Cougars started the stretch with three games in Hawaii, followed by two in the Bay Area, two at home and now the current four-game road trip.
- Kyle Collinsworth posted his ninth career triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Santa Clara. He is the NCAA’s career (9) and single-season (6 in 2014-15) triple-double record holder.
- Coach Dave Rose is BYU’s all-time leader in winning percentage at 74.2 percent and second in career wins at 270. He has led the Cougars to 10-straight 20-win seasons and 10-straight postseason appearances, including eight NCAA tournament appearances during that stretch.
BYU Cougars (13-6, 4-2 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Division I Career Record: 270-94 (11th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Loyola Marymount Lions (9-9, 2-5 WCC)
- Head Coach: Mike Dunlap
- Alma Mater: LMU, 1980
- Career Record: 345-137 (16th)
- Record at LMU: 17-32 (2nd)
- TV: BYUtv, TWCSN, ROOT RM/NW, CSN+
- TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Brad Holland (analyst)
- Live Video: TheW.tv, BYUtv.org
- Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
- Series Record: BYU leads 8-4
- Last Meeting: BYU won 87-68, 2/7/15
- H/A/N: 4-2/3-2/1-0