PROVO — After struggling from the field during the road trip to Gonzaga and Portland earlier this month, BYU freshman guard Nick Emery turned in some strong shooting performances last weekend.
Emery hit 7 of 14 shots, including four 3-pointers, for a team-high 24 points in the Cougars’ victory at Loyola Marymount. He also dished out six assists.
In BYU’s loss at Pepperdine last Saturday, Emery drilled 6 of 17 shots, including four 3-pointers, and finished with 17 points. Combined, he knocked down 8 of 16 from 3-point range in those two road contests.
In the Cougars' two games in the Pacific Northwest, Emery shot 5 of 17 overall with three 3-pointers.
Emery has made a 3-pointer in 18 straight games, tying teammate Chase Fischer for the fourth-longest streak in school history.
Meanwhile, another BYU freshman, Zac Seljaas, led the nation in 3-point shooting percentage a few weeks ago, hitting 62 percent (28 of 45) of his attempts.
Seljaas has cooled off, but he’s still among the nation’s leaders.
As of Monday, he ranked No. 13 in the country, making 51 percent of his 3’s (42 of 83).
Saint Mary’s guard Emmett Naar is now the nation’s leader in 3-point field goal percentage at 60 percent.
While Cougar forward Kyle Davis struggled from the field (2 of 9) against Pepperdine, he did do something that has only been done one other time in BYU basketball history.
Against the Waves, Davis recorded a 5x3, getting at least three of something in five different statistical categories. Davis had four points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals.
The other 5x3 was by Rafael Araujo in 2004 against Wyoming when he had 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals.
HOME AND AWAY: BYU returns home Thursday after playing just two games at the Marriott Center in more than one month.
The Cougars are 14-7 overall, 8-0 at home, 3-6 in road games and 3-1 in neutral games.
BYU plays seven of its final 10 regular-season games at the Marriott Center, starting Thursday against Loyola Marymount.
While the Cougars’ victory at Gonzaga was impressive, they are still trying to learn how to win on the road. Last Saturday, BYU fell to Pepperdine for the third consecutive time at Firestone Fieldhouse.
“The one thing about Pepperdine is, they don’t lose, you have to beat them,” said coach Dave Rose. “We got the game into a place where we could have handled this thing and we just weren’t good enough. (It was the same) things that have plagued us all year long in our road losses. We have had some bright moments on the road this year, but the last couple weeks the Saturday game has turned into one where we don’t make enough plays late to pull it out and win it.”
BYU IN THE RANKINGS: As of Monday in the national ratings, BYU ranked No. 53 in the Sagarin, No. 64 in Pomeroy, No. 75 in ESPN’s RPI, No. 75 in Jerry Palm’s RPI, No. 75 in the ESPN BPI and No. 86 in the KPI.