PROVO, Utah – Loyola Marymount used the long ball Thursday night, but BYU’s hot shooting prevented any comeback hopes. The Lions (6-12, 1-6 WCC) saw 11 different players score the ball in the 82-67 loss to the Cougars (17-4, 5-2 WCC).
LMU outscored BYU after halftime, 38-36, but the 17-point halftime deficit was too large to overcome.
The Lions opened with the first five points of the second half as Eli Scott scored a putback and Steven Haney, Jr. added his fifth three of the game, before BYU responded with a 7-0 run of their own. Haney’s first 15 points were from three, as the senior ended with 16 points. Scott finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
LMU cut it to a 10-point game after a 16-4 run made it 64-54, and then to single-digits at 70-61 off Donald Gipson’s second three of the night, before BYU built their lead back up.
The Cougars seemingly could not miss early, shooting 85 percent (11-for-13) to open their lead to 31-14. They finished the first half at 67 percent (16-for-24), the highest first half shooting percentage against LMU this season. BYU’s game field goal percentage finished at 60 percent.
After BYU hit a three to open the game, the Lions transitioned for an Eli Scott slam. The two teams traded threes on the following possessions as Haney made it a 6-5 game, early. The Cougars opened 4-for-4 from three to push ahead 14-5.
Three of the first four Lion field goals were threes, as Haney started 2-for-2 from deep and Mikail Simmons added one of his own. In total, LMU hit six in the first half as Haney added another two and Quintana buried one as well.
Batemon had another well rounded game, leading the Lions with six rebounds and tying Jeffery McClendon with three assists, to go along with his 11 points.
Both teams finished with nine made threes in the game, with LMU’s bench outscoring BYU’s second-unit 20-9.
Homecoming will highlight Saturday’s home game against Pacific. Following a day of tailgates and campus activities, the Lions will host Portland at 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
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