BYU basketball report card: Cougars relive Utah game, blown out quickly by Loyola Marymount
The Cougars completely lack a positive defensive identity.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT OVERALL
The best thing the Lions did versus the Cougars was protect the basketball. The biggest difference in the game was assist-to-turnover ratio. The Lions had just seven turnovers with 19 assists, while the Cougars had 13 turnovers with 14 assists.
Loyola Marymount also knocked down its 3-pointers and free throws, making 8-of-17 from long distance and 21-of-27 from the charity stripe.
The Lions made just 21-of-52 (40 percent) on 2-point shots and were outrebounded by three, but made a lot more hustle plays than BYU — more than doubling up the Cougars in combined steals and blocks.
Guards Anthony Ireland and Evan Payne led the Lions with a combined 41 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, four steals and just two turnovers.
With an attendance of less than 3,000 people, the crowd and atmosphere was nothing to write home about.
Lions fans, while few in number, had a lot to cheer about.
Cougar fans with kids at the game hopefully used it as an opportunity to teach their kids how not to play basketball.
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