Cougars Run Away From LMU In Second Half
PROVO, Utah – It took a half for the Cougars to get started, but once they got going, BYU manhandled Loyola Marymount with an easy 67-49 victory.
Gavin Baxter was the hero, with 25 points, to lead the Cougars to a second-half demolition of the Lions.
Slow Start For Both Teams
BYU struggled midway through the first half, going more than five minutes without a point. At the same time, however, LMU was also having a hard time putting the ball in the basket, going more than three minutes without a field goal.
As such the score was close and small, with BYU finally breaking the drought at the 11:35 mark on a jumper Yoeli Childs to make the score 10-9 in LMU’s favor.
The shots finally starting failing and at the end of the first half, the Lions held a slight 26-23 advantage over BYU.
BYU Dominates Second Half
Once the second half started, BYU was like a whole new ball club.
The Cougars drained five of their first seven attempts from downtown after making just 1-of-11 in the first half.
Nick Emery had arguably his best half of play since his return with 14 points in the second half. The junior guard went 6-for-10 from the field while stroking a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc for the whole game.
Gavin Baxter also turned in a strong second half with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
The efforts of Emery and Baxter helped BYU take control of the game in the second half, building a lead as large as 20. The Cougars would roll to an 18-point victory.
The victory helped BYU go to 5-4 in conference play and 14-10 overall.
The Cougars will next take a one-game road trip to Portland to face the Pilots on Thursday at 8 p.m.
BYU previously dispatched the Pilots with a 79-56 victory at the Marriott Center on Jan. 10.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.