BYU basketball analysis: How the Cougars escaped with a win over the Lions

The BYU Cougars used a dominating second-half performance to escape with an 81-76 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 76-70 with less than three minutes remaining, the Cougars scored the last 11 points in the game to improve to 2-0 in West Coast Conference play.

TJ Haws led the way for BYU with 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes, to push the Cougars over the top.

Nick Emery added 20 points of his own while connecting on 5 of 11 from beyond the arc.

The Cougars also got some big production on the inside as Eric Mika finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Yoeli Childs chipped in 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Trevor Manuel led the Lions with 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting while adding seven rebounds.

Stefan Jovanovic added 12 points and five rebounds while Shamar Johnson totaled 10 points, six rebounds and six assists as the Lions dropped to 7-6 on the season, including 0-2 in conference play.

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