BYU Had No Answer For Jock Landale As Saint Mary’s Cruises to 75-62 Victory.
BYU is now 4-11 against the Gaels since joining the WCC in 2011.
Gaels running away with West Coast Conference regular-season title.
Saint Mary’s fans were celebrating Australia Day at McKeon Pavilion on Thursday night, but that wasn’t the only thing they were celebrating. Gaels fans were celebrating another win over WCC rival BYU.
The Gaels pulled away from BYU in the second half en route a 75-62 win. BYU started the second half strong going on a 9-4 run, but after SMC’s Jordan Ford knocked down a three-pointer before the under-16 timeout, Saint Mary’s regained the lead, and they never let it go.
Gaels center Jock Landale made his native country of Australia proud on Australia Day. Landale scored 34 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Three of his 34 points were from a three-pointer, Landale’s first three-point field goal of the season.
BYU had no answer for Landale and the overall efficiency of the Gaels offense. The Cougars on their heels the entire evening and it never felt like BYU was going to make another run. The Gaels outcoached BYU in this second meeting and they kept BYU big Yoeli Childs to only 14 points.
BYU falls to 17-5 on the year and 6-3 in West Coast Conference play. This was a missed opportunity for the Cougars as the chances to play an opponent that could significantly increase BYU’s NCAA Tournament resume are few and far between.
Elijah Bryant poured in 13 points and TJ Haws led BYU scorers with 15 points. Saint Mary’s is clearly the better team, and they’ve basically sealed at least a share of the West Coast Conference regular-season title with tonight’s win.
The Gaels haven’t lost a conference regular-season game to a team not named BYU or Gonzaga in three years. Won’t happen this year. It will all come down to the home game against Gonzaga for the Gaels.
BYU will look to bounce back on Saturday evening in a revenge game against Pacific. Pacific suffered a surprising loss to San Francisco on the Hilltop Thursday night.