LAS VEGAS — BYU gutted out a tough 89-81 victory over Loyola Marymount in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament Saturday at the Orleans Arena.
The Cougars built a 15-point lead in the second half, then held off a Lions rally to advance at the tournament. BYU will play the winner of Saint Mary's and Portland in Monday's semifinals.
BYU's starting five dominated the stat box, as Eric Mika had 25 points and Nick Emery added 21, followed by Elijah Bryant (13), TJ Haws (14) and Yoeli Childs (13).
Records: BYU (22-10), Loyola Marymount (15-15)
BYU:The winner of Saint Mary's and Portland, Monday at 7 or 9:30 p.m. MST. The Gaels and Pilots play at 10 p.m. Saturday night in the quarterfinals.
Loyola Marymount: TBD