BYU basketball report card: Carlino sparks Cougars in blowout win over LMU

Published: Sunday, Jan. 12 2014 10:12 p.m. MST

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Playing BYU in California two weeks ago, LMU had just seven turnovers to go along with 19 assists. Playing BYU at the Marriott Center Saturday night, the Lions had 16 turnovers and just 13 assists. That is quite a turnaround.

The Lions also cooled off considerably from behind the arc and the foul line from last game, while they actually shot significantly better on two-point field goal attempts, knocking down 21-of-40.

Last game the Lions more than doubled the Cougars in combined steals and blocks. This time, BYU bested them in that statistic 15-11.

At home, the Lions were led by guards Anthony Ireland and Evan Payne, who combined for 41 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, four steals and just two turnovers. In their rematch with the Cougars, Ireland and Payne combined for just 21 points, seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and 11 turnovers.

What a difference home court can make in basketball. Still, the Lions led at the Marriott Center at halftime. Maybe they just had one really disastrous half of basketball.

Grade: C

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