Cougars Second Half Too Much For Lions
Big second half by BYU hinders Lions chances for a road win in conference.
Jan. 11, 2014
PROVO, Utah -- A pair of second half runs, early second half foul trouble and a late scoring drought spoiled LMU's opportunity to steal one in Provo, as BYU pulled away late for a 91-68 victory at the Marriott Center on Saturday night.
Anthony Ireland had 17 points while C.J. Blackwell added a season-high 15 for the Lions (10-8, 2-4), who shot 53 percent in the first half to take a lead as large as 10. However, the Cougars (11-7, 3-2) used a big second half push with 54 points to pull away thanks to 31 points by Tyler Haws. It was his second straight 30-point game. Kyle Collinsworth added 20 points, with Matt Carlino scoring 18 and Josh Sharp with 10.
BYU held the Lions to 42.3 shooting in the second half, including just three field goals in the final 12 minutes. BYU, however, shot 63 percent in the second half, hitting 50.9 percent for the game. They also capitalized on a +22 edge from the charity stripe, hitting 30-for-38 (78.9 percent). The Lions finished 48.2 percent from the field and hit 8-for-14 from the free throw line.
"Obviously we did a really good job in all areas in the first half, but unfortunately we have to play 40 minutes," said Head Coach Max Good. "We went through a stretch where we just couldn't score. I think we lost our composure a bit and tried to hit a home run instead of slowly working back. Give credit to BYU, they did a great job in the second half."
The Lions took a 10-point lead with 9:06 to play in the first half and led 38-37 at the break. Ireland's jumper just 45 seconds into the second half gave LMU a 42-37 lead. However, the Cougars went on a 10-0 run capped by a Nate Austin lay-in to take a 47-42 lead.
LMU wasn't through as Ireland and Blackwell hit back-to-back jumpers to cut the lead to one. The lead would change hands seven times on the game and LMU would take a 57-56 on an Ireland jumper with 12:24.
That would set-up the Cougars final run. The Lions would get just three more field goals the rest of the way. A drought of over six minutes would lead to a 70-60 lead. Osborne would break the drought with 6:21 to play, making it 70-62. Another 9-0 run by the Cougars put the game away.
The trip to Provo concludes a four-game road swing for the Lions as they head home for Welcome Back week at Gersten Pavilion, where they are 5-0 on the season.
The Lions return home next week for the first time in conference play with school in session. It's Welcome Back Week on campus with special events through-out the week. LMU is offering a special Thursday Night WCC Special, with Lower Level tickets at $50 and Upper Level at $30 for the four WCC games, including Portland, Saint Mary's, Pepperdine and Santa Clara. Visit LMULions.com/Tickets and enter promo code MBBTHURSDAYSPECIAL to get the special rate.
The Thursday game against Portland is Las Vegas Events "Represent Vegas" night. Fans dressed in their best Las Vegas costume could win $100 gift cards to Chevron and/or tickets to the WCC Championships in Las Vegas this coming March. Fans can get a special $10 lower level ticket or a $5 upper level ticket only at LMULions.com/Tickets with promo code UPTHANKYOU. The weekend will conclude with LMU's Homecoming showdown with Gonzaga in the WCC Game of the Week.
The LMU Alumni Association and Student Leadership and Development have combined forces to offer a special tailgate party starting at 11 am with the game starting at 1 pm. Alumni can get a special rate on tickets through LMULions.com/Tickets.