Hartsock led the Cougars, now 13-4 overall and 2-1 in league play, with 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting and snagged seven rebounds. Davies added 15 points and 10 rebounds to record his second consecutive double-double and third in four games. The two forwards were the only two Cougars in double figures.
"The first road conference win is a real hard one every year," head coach Dave Rose said. "We've got to give their guys a lot of credit. What (LMU) really does well is compete. We have a competitive group of guys too and what I thought we did best today was we competed and matched that competitive spirit."
BYU started the game quickly behind Davies, who scored six of the Cougars first eight points. Senior Charles Abouo helped give BYU their biggest lead of the game at 15-10 with seven points on three straight shots with just under 15 minutes remaining.
After hitting seven of their first 10 shots, the Cougars cooled off, making just six of their 27 shots in the final 14 minutes of the half. During the drought, LMU went on a 9-0 run to build up an eight-point lead at 29-21 with 8:26 left in the half.
The Cougars managed to finish the half on a 13-5 run to tie the game at 34 at the break. BYU finished the half 13 of 37 from the field and 2 of 13 from three-point range. Davies led the team with 11 points at the half.
Hartsock got involved early in the second half by scoring the Cougars’ first four points. Cusick gave the Cougars their first lead of the second half with a 3-pointer at 41-39, and followed that with another trey to put BYU up 44-39.
Cusick nailed another three with 12:35 remaining to give the Cougars a 49-43 lead. Following Cusick’s three, the Cougars built up their lead behind Hartsock’s 17 second half points.
LMU made things interesting at the end of the game with a 12-1 run that made the score 67-65 with under a minute remaining. BYU overcame the run and secured the win with six made free throws in the final 45 seconds.
"Thats how road games are," Rose said. "Very seldom do you have a road game that is easy."
The Cougars have just one day off before facing San Francisco in Provo. Tipoff at the Marriott Center is scheduled for 4 p.m. MST on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM and will be shown live on BYUtv and BYUtv.org.
BYU basketball will play at Loyola Marymount in a West Coast Conference matchup on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 6 p.m. PST.
BYU Cougars (12-4, 1-1 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose (Houston, 1983)
- Career Record: 171-49 (7th season)
- Record at BYU: Same
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Loyola Marymount (8-6, 1-0 WCC)
- Head Coach: Max Good (Eastern Kentucky, 1969)
- Career Record: 282-291 (20th season)
- Record at LMU: 40-68 (4th season)
- LMU leads 2-1
- Last Meeting: BYU won 91-62, 1/3/08
- Provo: 1-1
- Los Angeles: 0-1
- Neutral: 0-0
- Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 • 6 p.m. PST
- Los Angeles, Calif. • Gersten Pavilion (4,156)
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play) and Blaine Fowler (analyst)
- Live Video: BYUtv.org
- Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM
- BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Steve Cleveland (analyst)
- Live Audio: KSL.com
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
BYU will host San Francisco in a WCC matchup on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m. MST. Listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 3 p.m. MST on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM or via the Internet at KSL.com. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and BYUtv.org.
- Junior Brandon Davies was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week after averaging 21.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in three games last week, including a 28-point effort at Saint Mary’s and BYU’s first 20-20 game since 1975 with 21 points and 22 rebounds against San Diego. Overall he is having a well rounded season, averaging at least one of everything at 12.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 steals.
- Senior Noah Hartsock has been BYU’s most consistent contributor this season, averaging 17.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. He has scored in double figures in every game this season, has shot .500 or better in all but three games and .600 or better in seven games.
- Freshman Matt Carlino scored in double figures in his first five collegiate games. He had an 18-point debut against Baylor, a double-double against Buffalo with 10 points and 11 assists, 22 points vs. UC Santa Barbara, 19 points vs. Cal State San Marcos and 13 at Saint Mary’s. His streak of double-figure games ended with eight points against San Diego.
- Dave Rose is one of the most successful coaches in the history of BYU basketball. He is second in program history in wins (171), first in winning percentage (.777) and has led the Cougars to five-straight NCAA Tournament berths and four conference titles. He also earned three Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year awards.