BYU Basketball Ends Losing Streak with Blowout Win over San Diego

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIJanuary 4, 2014

Jan 4, 2014; Provo, UT, USA; San Diego Toreros guard Johnny Dee (1) shoots the ball while Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (00) tries to block the shot during the first half at Marriott Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
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After an 8-3 start to the season in which all three losses came against ranked teams, BYU hit a bit of a rough patch. The Cougars lost their next four games, including three to teams that they were heavily favored to beat (Utah, Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine).

While the losses to LMU and Pepperdine were quite harmful for both the Cougars' conference title and NCAA tournament aspirations, the team has now given good cause to stop despairing, at least for the moment. 

The Cougars snapped their four-game losing streak in emphatic fashion on Saturday, getting their first conference win by blowing out San Diego at home in the Marriott Center, 87-53.

Despite the team's recent struggles, over 15,000 fans came out to watch the Cougars, and they were not disappointed.

Skyler Halford had the best game of his young BYU career so far, as the junior college transfer scored 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting, including shooting 50 percent from behind the arc.

BYU dominated the Toreros in almost every statistical category. Rebounding was 45-27 in BYU's favor, and the assists were 25-11 in its favor.

BYU was also on fire from the field, as the Cougars shot 53 percent overall and 47 percent from the three-point line. The Toreros, meanwhile, had no such hot hand. USD shot only 34 percent overall, 11 percent from behind the arc and 61 percent from the free-throw line.

Whether the Cougars will continue winning after this game has yet to be seen, but at least for the moment, BYU fans can breathe a sigh of relief.