Ranking Eric Mika’s best games in a BYU uniform

Although his BYU career lasted just two seasons, Eric Mika had a huge impact on the Cougars. He he was a force offensively, led BYU to one of the biggest wins in school history – when the Cougars upset No. 1 ranked Gonzaga – and became just the third Cougar in school history to score 1,000 points during his sophomore campaign. He also earned All-WCC recognition and was the District VIII Player of the Year.

While his presence will be missed, he left BYU fans with some outstanding performances that will not soon be forgotten.

This list is the best-of-the-best of those games, the nights where he dominated on the glass, scored at will or just plan carried the Cougars.

15. Utah Valley

Nov. 26, 2016

While it wasn’t a great night for the Cougars, Mika was nearly unstoppable on the offensive end against the Wolverines as he shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor and 6-for-9 from the free-throw line on his way to 22 points in just 26 minutes before he fouled out of the 13-point loss.

14. Mount Saint Mary’s

Nov. 15, 2013 

Mika had his first big night as a Cougar in his third game in a BYU uniform in a 108-76 win over Mount Saint Mary’s when he totaled 20 points on a blistering 9 of 10 shooting from the floor. He added four boards and two blocks in just 21 minutes.

13. Pacific

Jan. 30, 2014

While he was only a secondary piece for the BYU offense in the hard-fought 88-78 win over the Tigers – Tyler Haws had 38 points – Mika had one of his best all-around outings of his freshman campaign. He finished the night with 20 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the floor and 6-for-8 from the foul line in 32 minutes. He also added eight rebounds, including five on the offensive end, three assists and three steals in the much-needed win.

12. Loyola Marymount

Mar. 4, 2017

The Lions put up a fight in the conference tournament matchup, but in the end they didn’t have enough to stop Mika in an 89-81 BYU win. In the win, he totaled 25 points on 60 percent shooting from the floor and 7 of 9 from the charity stripe to go along with eight rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes.

11. Weber State

Dec. 7, 2016

Weber State had no answers for Mika on the offensive end as he dominated the offensive glass and got to the free-throw line at will in a BYU win. In the 11-point victory, he put up 26 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 10-for-15 from the foul line. He added 10 rebounds – five on the offensive end – for his fourth double-double of the season, while dishing out four assists in 29 minutes of action.

10. Pepperdine

Jan. 19, 2017

The Waves didn’t know what hit them as Mika recorded his sixth double-double in a row as the Cougars raced home with a 99-70 win in the Marriott Center. He finished the night with 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line while grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking a pair of shots in 23 minutes of work.

9. Saint Louis

Nov. 21. 2016

The Bilikens where no match for Mika inside in BYU’s 30-point win in Las Vegas. In the lopsided victory, Mika needed just 19 minutes to record another 20-point, 10-rebound double-double where he shot 70 percent from the floor and missed just one of seven free-throw attempts.

8. Illinois

Dec. 17, 2016

Even though the Cougars dropped a two-point decision to the Fighting Illini in Chicago, Mika proved to be the best player on the floor against the Big 10 opponent. He led all scorers with 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from the charity stripe while chipping in with eight boards in 31 minutes.

7. Texas-Arlington

Mar. 15, 2017

Mika was unstoppable in the first half as he hit 7 of 9 shots from the floor and 9 of 10 free throws on his way to 23 points. He added six second-half points to finish his last game in a BYU uniform with 29 points, while adding seven rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes.

6. Saint Mary’s

Jan. 5, 2017

While the Cougars couldn’t keep pace with the Gaels, Mika still had an impressive performance. In the 13-point loss, he finished with 28 points on 12-for-17 shooting from the floor and 4 of 5 from the foul line. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in 29 minutes for his eighth double-double of his sophomore season.

5. Loyola Marymount

Jan. 28, 2017

Mika owned the Lions as he led both teams in points, rebounds and blocks in the 85-77 win. He finished the night with 27 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field and 11 of 14 from the foul line while chipping in with nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 36 minutes.

4. USC

Dec. 3, 2017

The Trojans were too much for the Cougars to handle in the neutral-site game, but Mika did everything he could to help keep BYU close. He finished with a  game-high 29 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the floor and 9-for-11 from the foul line while adding nine rebounds in 28 minutes.

3. Princeton

Nov. 14, 2017

Mika’s return to the floor after two years away was one to remember as he dominated the offensive and defensive backboards as the Cougars beat the Tigers, 82-73. In the key season-opening win, he finished with 26 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 12 of 13 from the foul line while adding a career-best 18 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.

2. San Francisco

Jan. 12, 2017

Mika had his biggest offensive output of his career with 31 points in an 85-75 win over San Francisco. He destroyed the Dons all night as he knocked down 12 of 17 attempts from the floor while converting on 7 of 8 from the free-throw line. He also totaled a game-high 12 rebounds while handing out three assists and swatting away two shots in 32 minutes.

1. Gonzaga

Feb. 25, 2017

A game that started out as a disaster for the Cougars turned into the night where Mika showed that he could overpower one of the best teams in college basketball. He scored from inside-and-out, showing excellent post moves as well as great touch in the midrange game and from the foul line. He finished the night with 29 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the floor and 9 of 13 from the foul line as the Cougars stunned the No.1 ranked Bulldogs, 79-71. He was also a force on the glass with 11 boards while providing one of the best blocks we saw all season, on a dunk attempt from Zach Collins.

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