BYU preparing for rematch with Loyola Marymount

BYU is preparing for their second match up of the season against the LMU Lions. The Cougars look to complete the season sweep as they won the previous contest 81-76.
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PROVO – BYU returns to the Marriott Center Saturday night to host Loyola Marymount. This is the second match up this season between the conference foes. The first game between the teams was on December 31st in BYU’s first road game of the conference season.

The Cougars struggled early on, but completed an impressive comeback, led by TJ Haws and Nick Emery who each scored 20 points in the win.

The Cougars were down by 14 at halftime, BYU clawed their way back into the game behind a Nick Emery three with 2:40 remaining to bring the Cougars within striking distance at 76-73. Haws then made back-to-back threes to put BYU up 79-76. The game finished with BYU ahead 81-76.

Trevor Manuel led the lions in that game with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Since that game, Loyola Marymount has a 3-4 conference record and enters Saturday’s contest with a 79-73 win over Pacific on Thursday.

LMU is led by Brandon Brown who averages 13.7 points per game and 4.4 assists per game. In LMU’s game on Thursday, he made 9/11 field goals for 21 points.

In addition to the basketball game, BYU fans will be able to hear from BYU head coach Kalani Sitake at halftime as the Cougars host recruits in the final weekend prior to Wednesday’s signing day. Last year, Sitake spent the game in the student section with recruits leading the ROC in cheers, which generated a positive response from BYU fans.

The game will tip off at 7 pm MT and will be broadcast on BYUTV. The game can also be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network (102.7 FM, 1160 AM, 143 SiriusXM) with Greg Wrubell on the call.

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