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The UT Arlington Mavericks used a wonderful offensive performance to dismantle the BYU Cougars 105-89 in the Marriott Center on Wednesday night. The Mavericks got just about whatever they wanted all night long as the had the Cougars on their heels from the get-go. They moved the ball with precision to expose BYU’s defense deficiencies.

Drew Charles led the way for the Mavericks with a career-best 28 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 12 from beyond the arc. Kevin Hervey also had a big night with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Kaelon Wilson also managed a season-high with 20 points on 8 for 11 shooting from the field.

Eric Mika paced the Cougars with 29 points on 8 for 13 shooting from the floor and 13 for 16 from the foul line. Nick Emery provided an offensive spark as well as he totaled 24 points on 8 for 15 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 9 from beyond the arc.

Why the Cougars lost

The Cougars got embarrassed defensively because of their inability to guard in the pick-and-roll. Sometimes they didn’t hedge well on the picks while at others they rotated back to their own man too early, leaving a man wide open. BYU also struggled mightily with weak side help and it turned into more wide open shots that the Mavericks converted on.

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The BYU Cougars had no answers for the hot shooting Saint Mary’s Gaels as they were thoroughly dismantled 81-50 on Monday night. The Gaels connected on 55.8 percent of their shots, including 13 of 25 from beyond the arc to run past the Cougars in the one-sided affair.

Jock Landale led the way for the Gaels with 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds, while Emmett Naar finished with 12 points and 11 assists.

TJ Haws paced BYU with 13 points while Eric Mika had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Why the Cougars lost

The Cougars didn’t get it done on either end of the floor. They had their worst offensive output in more than nine years as they hit on just 31.7 percent of their 60 attempts, including just 4 of 17 from beyond the arc.

The other end of the floor was just as bad as Saint Mary’s picked the BYU defense apart in just about every way possible.

What it means

The Cougars just didn’t have the horses to compete with the Gaels. They lacked depth and senior leadership, and it showed.

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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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