Despite a monster effort from Eric Mika, the BYU Cougars fell 81-68 to the No. 19 Saint Mary’s Gaels Thursday night in Moraga, California.
Mika ended the night with 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor to go along with 10 rebounds, but the Cougars (11-5, 2-1) had no answer for the Gaels’ well-executed offense.
Jock Landale led Saint Mary’s with 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field with nine rebounds and six assists, while Emmett Naar managed 17 points on the strength of a 3-of-4 shooting night from beyond the arc while adding four rebounds and four assists.
Calvin Hermanson added 15 points, while Joe Rahon chipped in with 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Gaels (13-1, 3-0).
Elijah Bryant was the only other Cougar to reach double figures with 11 points in 19 minutes off the bench in his first game in nearly two months.