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Davis, Mika help BYU dominate Saint Louis 92-62
BYU vs. Saint Louis Game Notes
LAS VEGAS – Kyle Davis and Eric Mika helped BYU dominate Saint Louis 92-62 in the semifinal round of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event at the MGM Grand on Monday night.
"It was nice to have our guys battle and compete," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "The game kind of went back and forth, and we went through a lot of things for the first time, some foul trouble issues with our bigs in the first half and our guards in the second half. But we found guys that stepped up and made big plays for us."
Davis and Mika combined for 42 points as BYU (4-0) shot 51 percent from the field. Mika tallied his third double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds while junior Jamal Aytes scored a career-high 12 points to complement a perfect 4-4 from the field and the free throw line. Senior guard L.J. Rose proved to be a team player with 12 rebounds and eight assists as BYU outdid Saint Louis (2-2) in assists 21-8.
The Cougars opened the game on a scoring burst delivering 11 unanswered points capped by a Mika dunk. The Billikens fought back with a 5-0 run. Another dunk by Mika extended BYU’s lead 14-5 with 14:43 on the clock.
TJ Haws’ layup put the Cougars ahead 18-8 before Saint Louis took control of the next seven points to the make it a three-point game with just under 10 minutes to go in the first half.
A pair of Aytes free throws increased the Cougars’ lead to 22-17. Davis fed off the energy by scoring the next four baskets to extend BYU’s advantage 27-19 with 5:22 to go.
The Billikens fought to keep the score within reach as Haws threw a behind-the-back, over-the-shoulder pass to Yoeli Childs who dunked for a 10-point game, 31-21, with 4:14 left in the first half.
Saint Louis cut the deficit to four, sparking the Cougars to score the next four points on free throws with a minute and a half left. The Billikens landed a 3-pointer to end a 6-0 Cougar run and finish the half with BYU ahead 40-33.
The Billikens rallied to match the Cougars’ pace at the start of the second half as Saint Louis again cut the game to a four-point margin. BYU answered with a 11-2 run as a Mika layup gave the Cougars a comfortable 55-42 lead with 14:54 left in the game.
Two trips to the charity stripe for Mika gave BYU another boost before Saint Louis battled back with a 10-0 run to bring the game within five with 11:41 on the clock.
Davis threw in a layup to fuel a 16-0 spurt as the Cougars built an 80-57 lead. The Billikens’ Zeke Moore made a shot to slow down the BYU offense with six minutes left but the Cougars remained in control.
BYU continued to dominate through the end of the matchup, only allowing five more Saint Louis points, as the Cougars sealed the victory 92-62.
BYU faces either Alabama or Valparaiso in the second game on Wednesday at 9 p.m. PST. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio.
Main Event matchup with Saint Louis
After winning three-straight at home to start the 2016-17 season, BYU basketball will take on Saint Louis in Las Vegas in the semifinal round of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event in the MGM Grand in Last Vegas on Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST. The Cougars will face Alabama or Valparaiso in the second game on Wednesday at 6:30 or 9 p.m. PST.
Live video streaming for Monday's game will be available on Youtube. The game will be broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Live video streaming will be available on BYUtv.org.
Eric Mika concluded a dominant first week with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. Coastal Carolina. Through three games, the sophomore is averaging 21.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.
BYU is 2-0 in the Men Who Speak Up Main Event with home wins over Coppin State and Coastal Carolina. The Cougars play Saint Louis on Monday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 6:30 p.m. PST in the first game of the Heavy Weight Bracket. BYU will play Alabama or Valparaiso on Wednesday.
BYU Cougars (3-0, 0-0 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Division I Career Record: 286-99 (12th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Saint Louis (2-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
- Head Coach: Travis Ford
- Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1994
- Career Record: 347-258 (20th)
- Record at Saint Louis: 2-1 (1st)
- TV: YouTube (online only)
- TV Talent: TBA (play-by-play), TBA (analyst)
- Live Video: YouTube
- Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, 102.7 FM/1160 AM, BYU Radio, Sirius XM 143
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
- Series Record: BYU leads 3-1
- Last Meeting: Saint Louis won 86-74, 1/5/54
- H/A/N: 1-0/1-1/1-0