The BYU Cougars faced Loyola Marymount University Lions on Thursday at home — Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. The Cougars won a game after losing three games in a row. They won the game by a lead of 28 points, 89-61.
The Cougars started with half of the field goal percentage. The Lions had no field goals for almost four minutes after scoring just one field goal and free throw. The Lions had a scoring drought for more than three minutes after the first media time-out.
While leading by 18 points, the Cougars made seven of their eight field goals. During the final six minutes of play, they held a 20-point lead. Even though they had a large advantage, they committed seven fouls and gave the visitors their foul bonus.
The Lions had a comeback in the last three minutes. They managed to score 10-0 for three minutes, while the Cougars had four turnovers.
Guard Rudi Williams scored a jumper for the Cougars finishing the first half. The Cougars continued to control the game and won 45-27 in the first half, up by 18 points.
With a 25-point lead at the outset, the Cougars ran over for two minutes to win 6-0. While the Lions managed just one score for more than two minutes, the Cougars kept their lead of at least 20 points for approximately 10 minutes.
When the Cougars’ lead reached 28 points in the final eight minutes of play, the Lions opted to take a timeout. The Cougars had their highest lead in the game, by 30 points, when the Lions forfeited their foul bonus.
After losing three games in the previous several weeks, the Cougars brought home victory. The Cougars outscored the Lions 89-61.