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3 keys in the BYU Cougars' 75-62 loss at the Saint Mary's Gaels

MORAGA, Calif. — BYU couldn't stand toe-to-toe for the full 40 minutes against conference-leading Saint Mary's on Thursday night, as the Cougars faltered down the stretch in losing 75-62 at McKeon Pavilion.

Turning point: After BYU pulled within 54-51, Jock Landale scored five straight points, including his first 3-pointer of the season with 7:05 to play, and Saint Mary's later pushed its lead to double-digits.

The hero: Landale, the conference leader in several categories, again led the Gaels to the victory with 32 points and 14 rebounds, shooting an efficient 13 of 19 from the field. He added three blocked shots, two assists and one steal.

3 keys

  • Saint Mary's shot 53.7 percent from the field, compared to 42.6 percent for BYU.
  • The Gaels hit nine 3-pointers, while the Cougars made seven, though two of BYU's came with the game out of reach.
  • Saint Mary's had an 18-14 edge in assists.

BYU almanac: 17-5, 6-3 West Coast Conference, Lost 1 Next 3

Vs. Pacific (10-12, 5-4), Saturday, 7 p.m. MST

At Loyola Marymount (6-14, 1-8), Feb. 1, 9 p.m.

At Gonzaga (18-4, 8-1), Feb. 3, 8 p.m.