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Kristen Kerr | Posted: 5 Jan 2017 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Kristen Kerr

BYU falls to No. 19 St. Mary’s 81-68


BYU at St. Mary's Box Score

BYU at St. Mary's Postgame Notes

MORAGA, Calif. — Despite Eric Mika’s 28 points, BYU men’s basketball fell to No. 19 St. Mary’s 81-68 at the McKeon Pavilion Thursday night.

“St. Mary’s does a really good job countering everything you try to do,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said. “Our guys never folded, but the main thing is St. Mary’s just executed the game better than we did.”

In addition to his 28 points, Mika pulled down 10 rebounds for the Cougars. Transfer Elijah Bryant scored 11 points off the bench, including two 3-pointers, and Nick Emery added nine points. Coming off a knee injury, Bryant played for the first time since Nov. 23.

St. Mary’s outshot BYU 55.4 percent to 44.3 percent, including 64.3 percent in the first half. 

BYU (11-5, 2-1 WCC) and SMC (13-1, 3-0 WCC) traded buckets en route to an 18-18 tie with 12:36 on the clock. Mika scored nine of the Cougars’ first 18 points. The Gaels then pulled away on a 13-2 run to take a 33-20 lead with 8:59 left in the half.

A 3-pointer from freshman Steven Beo with 2:16 brought BYU within five points, 39-34. St. Mary’s hit a layup and 3-pointer to extend their lead, 44-36, heading into halftime. 

Mika came out of the break scoring seven-straight points in three minutes for the Cougars, once again coming within five points, 48-43. The Gaels then increased their advantage and maintained a double-digit lead the final 12 minutes of the game before coming out with an 81-68 win.

BYU returns to Provo to host Pacific Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143.

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Kyle Chilton | Posted: 3 Jan 2017 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Kyle Chilton

BYU hits the road to play at No. 19 Saint Mary's


BYU Game Notes

Coming off a 2-0 week to start West Coast Conference play, BYU will play at No. 19/19 Saint Mary's on Thursday at 8 p.m. PST in McKeon Pavilion. Thursday's game will be televised live on ESPNU and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143.

BYU Storylines

  • BYU improved to 2-0 in league play with an 81-76 comeback win at Loyola Marymount. Trailing 76-70 with 3 minutes remaining, the Cougars closed with an 11-0 run. Nick Emery hit a 3 to start the run and TJ Haws’ back-to-back 3s tied the game and gave BYU the lead with 39 seconds to go. L.J. Rose sealed the game with a pair of free throws.
  • After struggling from downtown through the first nine games of the season, BYU has improved its 3-point shooting over the last six, shooting 44.3 percent and averaging 8.5 makes per game. The Cougars shot a season best 9 of 14 (64.3 percent) against Santa Clara and hit 9 of 21 at LMU.
  • BYU has won 4 of 6 against Saint Mary’s, including the most recent meeting, 70-59 in Provo on Feb. 4, 2016.

BYU Cougars (11-4, 2-0 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 294-103 (12th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

No. 19/19 Saint Mary's Gaels (12-1, 2-0 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Randy Bennett
  • Alma Mater: UC San Diego, 1986
  • Career Record: 345-152 (16th)
  • Record at Saint Mary's: Same

Game Information

  • TV Talent: Drew Fellios (play-by-play), Sean Harrington (analyst)
  • Live Video:
  • Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, 102.7 FM/1160 AM, BYU Radio, Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Steve Cleveland (analyst)
  • Live Stats:

Series Information

  • Series Record: BYU leads 12-8
  • Last Meeting: BYU won 70-59, 2/4/16
  • H/A/N: 9-3/2-5/1-0
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