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Gavin Baxter, Nick Emery lead BYU to win over LMU

NCAA Basketball: St. Mary’s at Brigham Young Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

All aboard the Gavin Baxter train, folks!

After going into halftime down three, BYU came out red hot in the second half to beat LMU 67-49 at home.

Gavin Baxter and Nick Emery each had their best games of the season, finishing with 25 points and 17 points, respectively. Gavin Baxter in particular was impressive, as he showed off the whole arsenal of why his future is so bright. Gavin shot 10-14 from the field, 2-3 from three (!), 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal. BYU looked for Gavin continually at the rim, and it paid off with easy dunks.

Nick also had easily his best game of the season, finishing 5-5 from three and 4 steals. Nick’s energy on both the offensive and defensive end helped put the game away early in the second half.

The 18-point win came with TJ and Yoeli both finishing with under 10 points and over a LMU team that 16-6 coming into the game. Also impressive was BYU’s defensive effort, as they held LMU to under 50 points, 39% shooting and 16 turnovers. LMU’s leading scorer, James Batemon, was held to 0 points on 0-8 shooting.

BYU is now in sole possession of second place in the WCC, half a game up of both San Francisco and St Mary’s. BYU’s next game will be Thursday at WCC cellar dweller Portland.