BYU Suffers Resume Killer In Road Loss At Loyola Marymount
Cougars loss their fifth sub-200 game since 2016.
Loyola Marymount 76, BYU 69 in Los Angeles
This year was supposed to be different. Well, folks, we can officially say this season is like many for BYU since joining the West Coast Conference. A good season with head-scratching losses that leave you wondering, how did that happen?
BYU lost to Loyola Marymount on Thursday night, 76-69 and the game weren’t as close as the score would indicate.
After building up a five-point lead before the first media timeout of the game, Loyola Marymount took control of the game and never looked back. The Lions were up by 16 points near the midway point of the second half.
Elijah Bryant had another brilliant game scoring 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and five assists in 34 minutes of play. Eli was the only player for BYU that could get anything going from behind the three-point line. BYU shot 5-of-24 (20.8%) from deep with Eli going 3-of-7.
On the LMU side of things, James Batemon and Eli Scott combined for 47 points and the Lions had their way with the BYU bigs down low as Scott was putting Yoeli Childs on roller skates at times with some of his moves.
This is a terrible loss for BYU. There’s no way around it. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had BYU as a “fringe” team in his NCAA Tournament bubble picture, now after this loss, they’ll be off the grid completely. This has become the norm for BYU basketball the past three seasons.
Since the 2015-16 season, BYU has suffered five losses to teams sub-200 in the KenPom rankings.
For some context, Gonzaga hasn’t lost to a sub-200 team since 2010. Saint Mary’s? Gaels haven’t dropped a terrible loss like BYU did on Thursday since the 2011 season. Before BYU was in the West Coast Conference.
Everything comes down to winning the West Coast Conference Tournament title for BYU now if they want to be in the field of 68. Losing games to a bad Loyola Marymount team is resume killer and is one that the Cougars will not be able to overcome, even if they were to upset Gonzaga on Saturday night for the fourth consecutive year in The Kennel.