For the fourth straight game, BYU used a dominating low post presence to outpace a stubborn opponent. Saint Louis was not expected to play well but stayed close to BYU throughout the first half, even closing the deficit to three points several times.
Nick Emery fouled out with about 10 minutes remaining in the game, but BYU started a 16-0 run which effectively put the game out of reach.
The star performers of the night were undoubtedly Kyle Davis (22 pts) and Eric Mika (20 pts) who were unmatched down low the entire night. Mika would have contributed more but sat for much of the first half due to foul trouble. Jamal Aytes contributed some high quality minutes as well and finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Really good things happen when this team takes the ball to the paint, but they continue to struggle from three-point range making only 3 of 13 on the night (23.1 percent). Tonight was Dave Rose’s first experience with foul trouble this year, with Jamal Aytes showing he can relieve Kyle Davis if necessary and Davin Guinn replacing Emery after fouling out.
BYU will play the winner of tonight’s Alabama vs. Valparaiso game on Wednesday.