Los Angeles, CA – BYU came back from a 10-point halftime deficit to improve to 5-2 overall in WCC play.
The Cougars and the Lions exchanged blows for the majority of the first half until the Lions were able to pull ahead 46-31 thanks to a 20-0 run when the Cougars went ice cold from the floor missing nine straight field goal attempts.
Adom Jacko paved the way for the Lions, shooting 11/12 from the field and finishing with 26 points and 12 rebounds, the Cougars had no answer for his post play while he posted highlight reel dunks to give his team momentum.
The Cougars closed the half on a 9-4 run over the final three minutes to get the game to within 10 points heading into the locker room.
Kyle Collinsworth put in another impressive performance for the Cougars, recording his 10th career triple-double and was instrumental in the Cougars comeback recording 8 points, 9 boards, and 10 assists in the second half.
Freshman sensation Nick Emery also found his stroke in the second half, scoring 16 points while shooting 4/5 from beyond the arc. Emery has struggled during the Cougars road streak shooting only 3/11 from 3 point range against Gonzaga and Portland.
The Cougars scored on seven straight possessions early in the second half with the freshman duo of Emery and Zac Seljaas combining for 12 points beyond the arc to bring the Cougars within two.
BYU closed the game out by keeping LMU to shooting only 2/13 from the field over the final 7:02 of the game including missing their final eight shots of the game. During this period, the Cougars were 5/8 from the field scoring 12 points from FG.
The Cougars wrap up their road stretch with a game against Pepperdine on Saturday.
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