Lohner propels fast start as BYU overwhelms LMU

BYU ahead Caleb Lohner places up a shot towards Loyola Marymount, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 within the Marriott Heart in Provo. (Jaren Wilkey, BYU Picture)

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PROVO — Welcome again, Caleb Lohner.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound sophomore returned to the beginning lineup in an enormous means Thursday evening, pouring in 13 factors, 11 rebounds and two assists to assist BYU roll to a 79-59 win over Loyola Marymount within the Marriott Heart.

Te’Jon Lucas added 14 factors and 6 assists for the Cougars (20-9, 8-6 WCC), who received their twentieth sport for the third-straight season beneath head coach Mark Pope.

Gideon George had 12 factors and 7 rebounds, and Fousseyni Traore scored 12 for BYU.

Each groups had been short-handed for the mid-week sport performed beneath the snow in Provo, with BYU lacking Seneca Knight (thumb) and LMU with out explosive huge Keli Leaupepe.

That opened up a spot within the beginning lineup for the primary time in 5 video games for Lohner, and the sophomore who prepped at close by Wasatch Academy made probably the most of it. The Dallas product made his first three pictures from the sector and the Cougars jumped out to a 13-3 lead on Spencer Johnson’s 3-pointer six minutes in.

Lohner lit up the gymnasium with an alley-oop from Lucas lower than two minutes later to go up 17-3, and the rout was on.

BYU shot 59% from the sector within the first half, together with 11 and 10 factors respectively from Lohner and George, and assisted on 13-of-19 made baskets en path to a 45-28 lead on the break.

Maybe extra impressively, the Cougars held LMU to simply 37.5% taking pictures within the first half, outrebounded the Lions 19-12, and held the guests to simply two offensive boards.

About the one factor that might cease Lohner was foul hassle — he picked up his third simply three minutes into the second half, staggered his taking part in time the remainder of the way in which. However his teammates had been greater than prepared to select up the slack towards the Lions (9-17, 2-11 WCC).

George stretched the result in 20 with simply over 12 minutes remaining as BYU held the Lions to simply 3-of-9 taking pictures to open the second half. Lohner capped a 7-0 run to push the hole to 64-40 contained in the 10-minute mark, and the Lions by no means threatened once more.

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