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3 keys in the BYU Cougars’ 88-71 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions

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Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello (13) and Matt Haarms (3) make jokes from the bench as their teammates play against Portland at the Marriott Center in Provo on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The BYU Cougars concluded their regular season road slate on Saturday afternoon by beating up on the Loyola Marymount Lions and ultimately winning 88-71 in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as even the final score indicated.

Here are three keys from the game.

  • The Cougars got off to a 7-0 lead early and led by 22 at halftime behind 52 percent shooting from the field compared to just 29 percent for LMU. BYU ended up making 55 percent of its shots on the afternoon, while thanks to a strong finish, the Lions shot 44 percent.
  • The Cougars were excellent defensively most of the way, as evidenced by the 15 turnovers LMU committed and the seven steals and six blocked shots BYU came up with. The Cougars committed 10 turnovers on the day, while the Lions tallied just three steals and one blocked shot.
  • BYU had three players in double figures at halftime, as Matt Haarms had 12 points, Brandon Averette 11 and Caleb Lohner 10. Haarms was tremendous on the afternoon finishing with 21 points, five blocked shots, three assists and two rebounds. Lohner scored 18 points, Alex Barcello ended up with 15 and Averette had 14.