Archive for March 6, 2017

Behind the strong inside play of Eric Mika and the hot outside shooting of Nick Emery, the BYU Cougars held off the Loyola Marymount Lions 89-81 on Saturday to advance to the WCC Tournament semifinals.

Mika finished with a game-high 25 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists while Emery totaled 21 points on 4 for 6 shooting from 3-point range and 7 for 7 from the foul line.

The Cougars also got a big performance out of Yoeli Childs who finished with 13 points, nine assists and five rebounds while Elijah Bryant chipped in with 15 points and two steals.

Brandon Brown carried the Lions with 22 points while Petr Herman added 15 points on 7 for 8 shooting with seven rebounds in just 18 minutes.

Why the Cougars won

The Cougars had a solid day shooting the basketball as they hit on 50 percent of their shots from the floor, including 43.8 percent from beyond the arc. They also did an excellent job getting to the free-throw line and converting at a high level as they connected on 32 of 39 attempts in the eight-point win.

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The Major League Soccer season is here and there is a lot to look forward to from the reworked Real Salt Lake roster. Along with the new look, there are plenty of expectations.

Jason Davis of ESPN FC released his preseason Power Rankings where he had RSL ranked at No. 12, saying, “RSL said goodbye to a legendary No. 10 with midfielder Javier Morales’ departure. Albert Rusnak will be the man who will try to fill those extremely large shoes.”

Matt Pence of the Four Four Two had the Claret and Cobalt as one of five sleeper teams that could shock the MLS. He had RSL listed first among his sleepers, saying, “A trusted veteran core mixes with a next generation of potential Salt Lake standouts from an academy long lauded as among the best in MLS. Fourth-year coach Jeff Cassar has had some growing pains, but both he and his charges say he’s begun to put his personal stamp on the team.”

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Travis Hines of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk previewed the West Coast Conference Tournament, where he had the BYU Cougars listed as a contender behind Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.

Of the Cougars, he wrote, “The Cougars are longshots here, but by virtue of handing Gonzaga its lone L, they’ve got to be at least taken seriously by St. Mary’s and the Bulldogs.”

He also had the Cougars as the only team on the bubble, saying, “It’ll probably take a Herculean effort and probably a tournament title to get the Cougars in with an RPI hovering around 70 heading in. A win against St. Mary’s in the semis might move the needle, but in all likelihood, the Cougars need the automatic bid.”

Hines also named his first and second-team all conference performers. He had Eric Mika on the first-team along with Nigel Williams-Goss, Jock Landale, Przemek Karnowski and Jared Brownridge. The only other Cougar mentioned in his all-conference selections was TJ Haws who Hines had on his second team.

Utah lineman Isaac Asiata rules the bench press

It was a good day at the NFL Combine for former Utah offensive lineman Isaac Asiata who showed off his strength on the bench press. He managed to put up 225 pounds 35 times to place at the top of the list for most reps among offensive lineman.

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