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BYU comes up short at LMU 64-59
LOS ANGELES — BYU saw its seven-game win streak come to an end on Thursday evening as the Cougars fell 64-59 to Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion.
“We were just so limited with our movement on offense, we allowed ourselves to get stuck. We didn’t beat their physicality with our pace and movement,” said Mark Pope, BYU head coach. “That was problematic. They got us in isolation a few times and that hurt us. I like my guys, and they played hard.”
The two teams traded buckets in a back-and-forth battle for much of the game before LMU rode four-consecutive field goal makes to take a 60-52 lead with just under six minutes to play.
Despite the game-high deficit, BYU fought back to a one-possession game with a free-throw make from Noah Waterman and consecutive scores in the paint by Dallin Hall and Fousseyni Traore. With a 5-0 run, BYU had pulled within three at 60-57 with under four minutes to go.
The Lions responded and went up 62-57 with a key offensive rebound and putback score by forward Keli Leaupepe. While Gideon George would spin into the paint and score in the waning moments of the game, back-to-back, turnover-laden empty-possessions proved costly as the Cougars were unable to make the plays to come back at the end.
BYU outshot LMU 45-35 percent in the first half while forcing seven Lion turnovers to just five of its own. The Cougars also outscored LMU 24-10 in the paint during the opening 20 minutes. Free-throws proved the difference-maker with the Lions going 11-of-12 from the line to open the game and 15-of-23 overall. In contrast, BYU got to the free-throw line just nine times, making five. While the Cougars held LMU to 7-of-25 from 3-point range, it was enough to out-do BYU’s 2-of-13.
George and Traore led BYU with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks each. Hall also scored in double-figures with 10 points and four assists.
Traore made an impact early-on as he found George open for a cutting lay-in and Waterman available beyond the arc for a 3-point make. The sophomore forward added a bucket himself with a floater to put the Cougars up 11-9 in the opening minutes of play.
LMU would lead by as many as five at 22-17 in the first half before Hall took the lid off the bucket for BYU with a jump hook. Spencer Johnson then weaved through the defense and found Traore in the paint for an easy lay-in that tied the game at 22.
George, Johnson and Jaxson Robinson would each make key buckets over the final minutes of the half but a series of successful LMU free-throw attempts kept the game close and eventually knotted at 33 at the half.
BYU came out of the locker room with Traore blocking a shot and scoring on the other end. A Robinson 3-pointer and alley-oop lob to Atiki Ally Atiki helped the Cougars lead by as many as three before LMU reasserted itself on the way to the game-breaking eight-point lead.
BYU continues its two-game road trip with a matchup at San Diego on Saturday at 5 p.m. PST. Watch the Cougars tangle with the Toreros live on Stadium or listen live on BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, BYURadio.org/BYU Radio app or KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
BYU heads to Southern California, face Loyola Marymount on Thursday
PROVO, Utah – BYU heads to Southern California this week for a pair of West Coast Conference contests beginning with a showdown against Loyola Marymount on Thursday, January 5, in The City of Angels. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. PST at Gersten Pavilion.
Thursday’s contest will be broadcast on ESNPU. Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant will also be on the call on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio Sirius XM 143 and KSL 102.7/1160 AM.
BYU Notes (12-5, 2-0 WCC)
- BYU opened WCC play 2-0 for the fourth time since joining the league following a 71-58 victory over Portland on New Year’s Eve.
- The Cougars current seven-game win streak is the second-longest under fourth year head coach Mark Pope.
- Gideon George finished with 20 points and nine rebounds in BYU’s win over Portland, marking the second time this season and fifth time in his career he has led the team in scoring and rebounding in the same game.
Head Coach – Mark Pope
- Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
- Division I Career Record: 157-57 (8th Season)
- Record at BYU: 80-31 (4th Season)
Loyola Marymount Notes (11-5, 1-1 WCC)
- LMU enters the second week of league play at 11-5 overall and 1-1 in WCC play after dropping a 78-72 decision to Pacific on Saturday.
- The Lions are led by Stan Johnson, who has led the program to double digit wins in all of three seasons in charge.
- . Cam Shelton is the leading scorer for the Lions as the Chino, Calif. native is averaging 18.3 points per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three.
Head Coach – Stan Johnson
- Alma Mater: Southern Utah, 2003
- Record at LMU: 35-32 (3rd Season)
- Series Record: BYU leads 22-5
- Last Meeting: BYU won 85-60, 3/4/22
- H/A/N: 10-2/9-3/3-0
- TV: ESPNU
- TV Talent: Dave Feldman, Corey Williams
- Streamed Audio: BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, KSL 102.7/1160 AM, BYURadio.org, BYU Radio app
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell, Mark Durrant
- Live stats: BYUCougars.com