Cougars come up short at Loyola Marymount
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - BYU men's basketball fell 76-69 to Loyola Marymount Thursday night in Gersten Pavilion.
"We really struggled to take care of the ball tonight and that is a formula for disaster," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "Out on the road, having 16 turnovers is a formula for a very tough night. We got behind and it's hard to get the game the way you want it."
Elijah Bryant led the team with 24 points, five assists and three blocks. Yoeli Childs recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lions took an early 4-0 lead before Bryant hit his first 3-pointer of the game. A three-point conversion by Zac Seljaas gave the Cougars their first lead, 8-6.
After a TJ Haws 3-pointer gave BYU an 11-6 advantage, LMU answered with an 16-3 run to take a 22-14 lead.
Payton Dastrup came off the bench and quickly scored his first bucket of the night to slow down the Lions offense with 10:30 remaining in the first half.
A 6-0 run by the Cougars, which included baskets by McKay Cannon and Childs cut the deficit to three points, 25-22.
LMU stayed in control for the remainder of the first half, taking a 42-31 lead into the locker room.
In the first half, the Lions shot 50.0 percent from the field while BYU shot 44.0 percent.
The first bucket of the second half came from Haws as he finished a three-point play, but another run by LMU extended the Lions' lead to 49-34 with 16:18 to go.
The Lions consistently kept a double-digit lead over the next eight minutes, including a 16-point lead at the 12-minute mark.
Bryant scored the Cougar first trey of the second half to bring BYU within nine, 62-53. After a flagrant foul on LMU, Dalton Nixon converted on one free-throw and Childs' three-point play brought BYU within reach, 62-57 with 6:11 on the clock.
The Lions made free-throws down the stretch to seal their second win in West Coast Conference play. The Cougars shot 46.3 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from beyond the arc. LMU finished the game shooting 44.1 percent.
The Cougars continue their road trip at Gonzaga on Saturday, Feb. 3. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MST and live coverage will be available on ESPN2. Audio broadcasts can be heard on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM.
Evan Troy scored with 10 seconds remaining, his first career basket as a Cougar.
Elijah Bryant hit three 3-pointers, his 11th game this season with three-plus 3-point field goals. He has now hit a 3-pointer in 24-straight games, the third-longest streak of consecutive games with a trey in a single season in BYU history.
Bryant scored 24 points, his 10th game this season with 20-plus points. He also had a career-best three blocks.
Yoeli Childs finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, his 11th double-double of the season. It was his 24th-straight game scoring in double figures.
Payton Dastrup had a career-best three blocks.
BYU forward Payton Dastrup
On tonight's game
"I think it came down to defensive toughness. We competed well in the second half. We made a run and cut it down to five a couple times, but we knew they had nothing to lose. They played a great game and will cause a lot of trouble in the rest of the season and in the tournament. We know that we are capable of more. We are confident we will go to Gonzaga and show what we are made of and come out with a win."
On looking forward
"We are each capable of contributing something to this team. We are going to stay together. We know this is a disappointing loss. We know that Saturday is going to be a beast, but we are ready for it and are excited to have an opportunity to bounce back. This weekend will be huge for our confidence and for the direction we will have the rest of the season."
BYU head coach Dave Rose
On tonight's game
"They are very physical and try to take the ball from you all of the time and you've got to be strong with it. We were prepared for but didn't execute very well."
"We talked all week long on the challenge of this game. We didn't have our guys the way we normally have them. It was more a competitive problem. In the second half we fixed it, but just didn't play well enough."
On Saturday's game against Gonzaga
"We have multiple challenges now. The guys will wake up tomorrow and be extremely disappointed in our effort tonight. We've got to get it corrected and move on to play the most deep and talented team in conference. We need to play better, compete better and be a more cohesive group to be able to go up there and get a win."
BYU men's basketball will begin a two-game road swing when the Cougars play at Loyola Marymount on Thursday at 8 p.m. PST in Gersten Pavilion.
Thursday's game will be televised live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, Spectrum SportsNet, NBS Sports California and ROOT Northwest. The game with also be broadcast live on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143 and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
- Elijah Bryant and Yoeli Childs have each scored 20-plus points nine times this season. They have both eclipsed 20 points in the same game four times, including Saturday’s 80-65 win over Pacific when they combined for 54 points. Bryant had 28 and Childs scored 26. They combined to hit 18 of 24 from the field and 14 of 16 from the free-throw line.
- BYU’s second half against Pacific was one of its best of the season as the Cougars outscored the Tigers 50-32 and shot 75.0 percent. It was BYU’s second-best shooting and second-highest scoring half of the season.
- BYU defeated LMU 82-67 in Provo in the first meeting of the season. The Cougars outshot the Lions 59.5 percent to 43.6. Elijah Bryant scored 29 points and Yoeli Childs added 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
BYU Cougars (18-5, 7-3 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Division I Career Record: 323-116 (13th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Loyola Marymount Lions (6-15, 1-9 WCC)
- Head Coach: Mike Dunlap
- Alma Mater: LMU, 1980
- Career Record: 371-175 (18th)
- Record at LMU: 43-70 (4th)
- TV: AT&T SportsNet RM/Spectrum SN/NBC Sports California/ROOT Northwest
- TV Talent: Steve Quis (play-by-play), Doug Chirstie (analyst)
- Live Video: BYUtv.org
- Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, 102.7 FM/1160 AM
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Terry Nashif (analyst)
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
- Series Record: BYU leads 14-4
- Last Meeting: BYU won 82-67, 1/18/18
- H/A/N: 7-2/5-2/2-0