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BYU Dominates Once Again in Blowout Win Over LMU

NCAA Basketball: Santa Clara at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

BYU finished a California road swing with another dominating performance in a 88-71 win Saturday afternoon over LMU. BYU was up by 30 for much of the second half until a late 15-0 run by LMU in the final 4 minutes made the score a bit more respectable. LMU was #102 in NET coming into the game, making them a Quad 2 win for BYU.

BYU jumped out to a 7-0 lead and put the Lions away quickly with efficient offense and sound defense. Four BYU starters scored in double digits, led by a 21 point and 5 block performance from big man Matt Haarms. Caleb Lohner continued his late-season surge with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Alex Barcello scored 15 points and Brandon Averette added 14 points. Defensively, BYU held LMU star Eli Scott to 17 points on 5-13 shooting and 5 turnovers.

BYU shot 55.4% from the floor, 45% from three, and 77% from the foul line in one of the team’s best offensive performances of the season. Turnovers weren’t an issue once again as BYU had just 10 turnovers compared to LMU’s 15.

BYU moves to 17-5 with the win and 7-3 in the WCC. BYU heads to Provo for its final two games next week with versus San Francisco Thursday and the regular season finale versus St Mary’s next Saturday.