Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
BYU head coach Dave Rose shouts instructions to his team during game against Gonzaga in Provo on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The Cougars fell to the Zags by 30.

PROVO — BYU took it on the chin Thursday night, losing to No. 4 Gonzaga by 30 points, but hopes to rebound quickly when taking on what appears to be an improved Loyola Marymount team Saturday night (7 p.m. MST, BYUtv) at the Marriott Center.

It will be the first meeting of the two programs this season after the Cougars split the two games versus the Lions last season.

LMU comes in with some good momentum following wins at Santa Clara (69-61) and at home against Pacific (60-42) to square its West Coast Conference record at 4-4.

"We'll regroup here, practice tomorrow and then face a really tough defensive team," said BYU coach Dave Rose after Thursday's loss to the Bulldogs. "We're going to have our hands full on Saturday, so hopefully we can get ready to go."

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Executing on the defensive end has been a challenge for the Cougars most of the season, although the challenges LMU presents defensively perhaps heighten the task on the other end of the court. Rose mentioned the low, 42-point total yielded to Pacific in the Lions' last win during his postgame comments, noting all facets need to be improved in order to avoid consecutive losses at home.

"We'll need to execute a lot better, on both sides of the floor," Rose said.

Loyola Marymount (16-6, 4-4 WCC) at BYU (13-10, 5-3)

  • Saturday, 7 p.m., MST
  • Marriott Center
  • TV: BYUtv
  • Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM