Loyola Marymount (7-6) at BYU (10-4)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 3, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Marriott Center (22,700) -- Provo, Utah.
Television: BYUtv. Home Record: LMU 4-2, BYU 7-0. Away Record: LMU 2-3, BYU
1-2. Neutral Record: LMU 1-1, BYU 2-2. Conference Record: LMU 0-0, BYU 0-0.
Series Record: Loyola Marymount leads, 3-2.
GAME NOTES: Undefeated at home, the BYU Cougars try to keep the good times
rolling on Thursday as they open up their West Coast Conference slate against
the Lions of Loyola Marymount at the Marriott Center in Provo.
Hitting the hardwood for the first time since Dec. 29, the Cougars are hoping
to follow up their 97-71 dismantling of Virginia Tech in Salt Lake City with
another strong performance tonight. BYU has now won two straight games and
five of its last six, not to mention 10 in a row at home dating back to last
Meanwhile, the Lions have also won two straight games and are seeking their
first three-game win streak of the season. The squad defeated Cal State
Bakersfield last weekend in a 73-66 final, two days after topping Morgan State
(79-62) in order to move one game over .500 on the season.
The Lions lead the all-time series against BYU by a count of 3-2, thanks in
part to an 82-68 victory in the most recent encounter last January.
Against the Roadrunners, LMU had its hands full in a meeting that featured
eight ties and 11 lead changes. The Lions knocked down 56.8 percent from the
floor, including 6-of-12 beyond the arc, but just 17-of-26 (.654) at the free-
throw line which made the game closer than it should have been. Anthony
Ireland finished with a game-high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds
and four assists, while Ashley Hamilton and Ayodeji Egbeyemi finished with 14
and 12 points, respectively, the latter clearing a game-high nine rebounds as
well. Ireland, who was a perfect 3-of-3 beyond the arc and 8-of-9 from both
the floor and the charity stripe against CSUB, continues to be one of the top
scorers in the country with his 21.3 ppg, shooting a sizzling 44.2 percent out
on the perimeter. Hamilton (14.8 ppg) and Egbeyemi (11.3 ppg) have not only
proven to be tough matchups from the outside where they are shooting better
than 40 percent, and the three of them are combining for more than 20 rpg at
the moment as well.
BYU scored the first points of the game against the Hokies at EnergySolutions
Arena and never looked back, shooting 60 percent from the floor in the first
half en route to the 26-point victory. Tyler Haws erupted for a career-high 42
points, hitting 6-of-8 shots beyond the arc, followed by Brandon Davies and
Josh Sharp with 17 and 10 points, respectively. Haws, who was recently named
the WCC Player of the Week, set a BYU sophomore record for points in a single
game as he logged his eighth game with at least 20 points and has now led the
team in scoring in six outings. Haws is now leading the team in scoring
overall with 20.9 ppg, but to forget about Davies would be a big mistake since
he is putting up 20.1 ppg, scoring in double figures in 21 straight, and also
leads the team on the glass with almost eight rebounds per game. He has also
accounted for 22 of its 48 blocked shots. BYU is producing a hefty 78.1 ppg at
the moment, while holding the competition to 69.0 ppg.
A battle between two of the top rebounding teams in the country is sure to
have a lot of action in the paint, but with LMU's top scorers shooting so well
from the perimeter, that might be where the game is eventually won.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Loyola Marymount 75, BYU 71
01/03 10:41:06 ET
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