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Cougars roll at LMU for another big road win
LOS ANGELES — BYU men’s basketball finished its regular season road schedule with an 88-71 victory over LMU Saturday afternoon at the Gerstin Pavilion.
The Cougars have now won their last three West Coast Conference road games by a total of 90 points.
“I thought our guys did an unbelievable job coming in with focus and fight," said BYU head coach Mark Pope, "and our young guys Gideon George and Caleb Lohner did a really good job with really difficult defensive assignments, and then Matt Haarms was just off the charts tonight, in every facet of the game. His rim protection was probably the difference in the first half. His offense in the second half was extraordinary. It makes the game really easy when you just say ‘pass it to Matt,’ and let him go score.”
Matt Haarms led the way for BYU against LMU with a team-high 21 points. He also had a season-high five blocks, three assists and two rebounds.
Three other Cougars were in double figures, including Caleb Lohner with 18 points, Alex Barcello with 15 points and Brandon Averette with 14 points.
Lohner’s 18 points follow a career-high 19 points in his previous game.
Over the two games on the road this week, Barcello and Averette combined for 54 points, 20 assists and only five turnovers.
The win over LMU marks the sixth game in row where the Cougars have had a different leading scorer.
“That’s a team," Pope said. "Rich Harward was like ‘I don’t know how anyone scouts us.’ Clearly, we’ve got to get way better, but right now at this point of the season, I am so proud of this group. You have 17 guys contributing, and you have a rotation of nine or 10 or 11 and it’s so hard. Guys have to work so much extra to make it function, and it takes a long time for the stew to kind of coalesce and be right. These guys are really working hard at that."
The Cougars took off with the lead early in the game, all the way up to a 22-point lead at the half. The largest lead of the game was 32 points, and the Cougars finished with a win by 17. BYU never allowed LMU to take the lead.
BYU took advantage of turnovers, scoring 23 points off of 15 LMU turnovers. Loyola Marymount only scored 13 points on BYU’s 10 turnovers.
The Cougars shot a lot and shot well, shooting 55 percent to LMU’s 44 percent. BYU finished at 45 percent from behind the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. Four Cougars made at least two 3-pointers, and the BYU bench put up 18 points.
Next up for the Cougars are two big home games to finish up the regular season schedule. BYU will face San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 25 in a 7 p.m. tip and then Saint Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 27 in an 8 p.m. tip. The matchup against the Dons is on CBS Sports Network and the matchup against the Gaels with either air on ESPN2 or ESPNU. The games will also be broadcast on the BYU Sports Networks on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
BYU to take on LMU on the road Saturday
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball will face LMU (11-6, 6-3) Saturday at the Gerstin Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. The Cougars are coming off of a dominant 80-52 win over Pacific on Thursday, bouncing back after a 10-day stretch without a game. LMU defeated San Francisco 68-63 on Thursday. The Lions have won four games in a row.
The BYU-Pacific game will air on CBS Sports Network at 12 p.m. PST. It will also be broadcast live on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
The CBS Sports Network broadcast will be a special analytics-driven presentation of Saturday’s BYU-Loyola Marymount matchup, bringing fans inside the world of college basketball analytics. In preparing for the telecast, CBS Sports production teams met with members of both coaching staffs to better understand how their programs utilize advanced stats in their practices, planning and in-game decision making in unique ways. The production will use this information, in conjunction with in-game advanced stats, to show viewers this utilization in action. The production will feature in-game segments, specially crafted graphics and analysis to highlight team and player performances beyond conventional stats as well as how programs are using analytics to better understand their teams strengths and weaknesses to gain an edge. Special guest analyst and current Penn Head Coach Steve Donahue will provide insight throughout the game from his unique perspective as an active coach alongside CBS Sports’ Jason Horowitz and Chris Walker.
BYU Notes (16-5, 7-3 West Coast Conference)
- The Cougars are 16-5, most recently defeating Pacific 80-52.
- BYU is No. 2 in the WCC standings, with an .811 adjusted winning percentage.
- BYU has wins over Portland (twice), Pacific (twice), Pepperdine, San Francisco, Saint Mary’s, Weber State, Texas Southern, No. 18 San Diego State, Utah, Utah State, St. John’s, Utah Valley, New Orleans and Westminster. The four losses were to USC, Boise State, No. 1 Gonzaga (twice) and Pepperdine.
- BYU is led by senior guard Alex Barcello who is averaging 15.4 points, 4.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. Barcello has been among the top three-point shooters in the nation this season, but has cooled off a bit recently. He had 15 points in the most recent game against Pacific.
- Brandon Averette and Matt Haarms, BYU’s other two senior leaders along with Barcello, are the next behind Barcello in scoring with 11.3 and 10.7 points per game respectively.
- Freshman Caleb Lohner has led the team in rebounding almost all season, averaging 6.7 boards per game. Lohner had a breakout game offensively against Pacific, racking up a career-high 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
- BYU’s bench production has been big this season, outscoring opponents in 19 of 21 games played.
- BYU has never lost back-to-back games in the Mark Pope era and has the third-longest active streak of games played without consecutive losses at 55. The two teams above them are Houston and Gonzaga.
Head Coach – Mark Pope
- Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
- Division I Career Record: 117-69 (6th season)
- Record at BYU: 40-13 (2nd season)
LMU Notes (11-6, 6-3 West Coast Conference)
- LMU is 11-6, with its most recent result being a 68-63 win over San Francisco.
- LMU is No. 5 in the WCC standings, with a .485 adjusted winning percentage.
- The Lions have won four games in a row and are just one conference win behind BYU, but all of their WCC wins have come against teams in the bottom half of the conference standings.
- LMU has wins this season over San Francisco (twice), Santa Clara, Pacific, Portland, San Diego, Cal Poly, UC Irvine, Long Beach State and Southern Utah. The Lions’ six losses have come to Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara and Minnesota (twice).
- The matchup against BYU will be LMU’s first time this season taking on one of the conference’s top three teams: Gonzaga, BYU and Pepperdine. The Lions will face all three teams, once each, in a seven-day stretch to conclude their regular season schedule.
- LMU is led by senior guard/forward Eli Scott who is averaging 17.9 points per game. He is No. 4 in WCC scoring. Scott is No. 2 in WCC rebounding, pulling down 8.2 boards per game.
- Sophomore guard/forward Dameane Douglas and bruising sophomore forward Keli Leaupepe are the other two Lions averaging double figures in points with 13.5 and 10.1 respectively.
Head Coach – Stan Johnson
- Alma Mater: Bemidji State, 2003
- Division I Career Record: 11-6 (1st Season)
- Record at LMU: 11-6 (1st Season)
- All-Time Series: BYU leads 13-5
- Last Meeting: BYU won 77-54 at LMU on Feb. 13, 2020
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- TV Talent: Jason Horowitz (play-by-play), Chris Walker (analyst), Steve Donahue (analyst)
- 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, BYUCougars and BYU Gameday apps
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com