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Barcello scores 22, Cougars defeat Loyola Marymount in second round of WCC Tournament
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Alex Barcello scored a team-high 22 points as BYU defeated Loyola Marymount 85-60 in the second round of the West Coast Conference Tournament on Thursday evening at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Barcello was one of three Cougars in double figures, with Fousseyni Traore recording his eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Trevin Knell tied a season-high with 15 points.
BYU outrebounded the Lions 44-25 with Traore leading the way and Caleb Lohner pulling down double digit rebounds for a third straight postseason game, finishing with 10 boards.
Barcello scored 12 of his 22 points in the first half, including a pair of 3-pointers that saw the senior guard become the seventh player in program history with 80 or more 3-pointers in a single season. Those two triples spearheaded an 8-0 run that saw BYU push its lead to double figures for the first time in the game, 33-21.
The Cougars outscored the Lions in the paint by 18, 48-30, included three straight baskets from Lohner and Traore in the final minutes of the first half. Traore had an offensive putback followed by a block which resulted in another hook shot for the freshman. It was Lohner’s turn for an offensive putback on the next possession, as BYU led by 15 at the half, 43-28.
LMU’s Eli Scott scored two of his game-high 24 points in the opening possession of the second half, before the Cougars went on a 8-0 run to push the lead over 20 points. Traore continued to torment the Lions in the post with a dunk, and Barcello made all three free throws after being fouled by LMU’s Joe Quintana.
The Lions had no answer for Knell as the second half continued and the junior sharpshooter hit a 3-pointer and a jumper within two minutes of each other for five of his 10 second half points.
With a third win of the season over LMU, BYU advances to face San Francisco in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 5, at 8:30 p.m. MST.
Watch BYU take on the Dons on ESPN2, or tune-in for live play-by-play on BYU Radio, BYU Sports Network and BYU Sports Network KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM.
BYU opens WCC Tournament on Friday against Loyola Marymount
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – BYU opens West Coast Conference tournament play on Friday, March 4, when the Cougars face Loyola Marymount at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST.
Friday’s contest will be broadcast on BYUtv. It will also be broadcast live on BYU Sports Network and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
BYU Notes (21-9, 9-6 West Coast Conference)
- BYU ended the regular season with a 75-59 win over Pepperdine on Saturday where Fousseyni Traore recorded his seventh double-double of the season with a career-high 25 points and 19 rebounds.
- Traore’s 19 rebounds set a new BYU freshman record program previously set back in on February 25, 2006 by Trent Plaisted.
- Alex Barcello earned All-WCC First Team honors for the second straight season as the senior guard from Chandler, Ariz ranked third in the league in scoring at 17.0 points per game. He also ranks fourth nationally in 3-point percentage.
Head Coach – Mark Pope
- Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
- Division I Career Record: 142-80 (7th Season)
- Record at BYU: 65-24 (3rd Season)
Loyola Marymount Notes (11-17, 3-12 West Coast Conference)
- LMU advanced to the second round of the WCC tournament following a 86-6 victory over Pacific on Thursday evening.
- Joe Quintana scored a career-high 31 points for the Lions as they won a WCC tournament game for the third straight season.
- Eli Scott was the lone Lion to earn All-WCC honors as the senior picked up second team accolades as the fifth-year senior averaged 17.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game during the regular season.
Head Coach – Stan Johnson
- Alma Mater: Southern Utah, 2001
- Division I Career Record: 24-26 (2nd Season)
- Series Record: BYU leads 21-5
- Last Meeting, BYU won 79-59, February 24, 2022
- H/A/N: 10-2/9-3/2-0
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Spencer Linton
- Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM
- Streamed Audio: BYURadio.org, BYUCougars.com/LiveRadio and the BYU Radio, BYU Cougars and BYU Gameday apps
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell, Mark Durrant
- Live stats: BYUCougars.com