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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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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 BYU Cougars got a career night from Elijah Bryant on their way to a 97-78 win over the Portland Pilots on the road Thursday night. Bryant finished with 39 points while connecting on 7 of 12 shots from beyond the arc and all 12 of his free throws.

He had plenty of help as three other Cougars scored in double figures, including Eric Mika who totaled 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Nick Emery added 16 points on 50 percent shooting from beyond the arc while Steven Beo totaled 12 points and three rebounds off the bench.

Gabe Taylor led the way for the Pilots — who fell to 10-20 on the season — with 18 points on 10 for 11 shooting from the free-throw line while Xavier Hallinan chipped in 17 points.

Why the Cougars won

The Cougars got off to a hot shooting start and never looked back. They scored 33 points and held a 16-point lead before the clock hit the midway point of the first half and shot well enough the rest of the way to come away with the convincing win.

The turning point

After giving up the first basket of the night, the Cougars scored 14 of the next 15 points to open up an 11-point lead. Bryant was key in the early run with three 3-point shots.

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