Senior center Jock Landale posted 32 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 16 Saint Mary’s matched the program record with its 15th consecutive victory by registering a 75-62 triumph over Brigham Young on Thursday in West Coast Conference play at Moraga, Calif.
Senior point guard Emmett Naar contributed 13 points and 12 assists for the Gaels (20-2, 9-0 WCC). The previous 15-game winning streak also came during the tenure of coach Randy Bennett during the 2008-09 campaign.
Sophomore guard T.J. Haws scored 15 points and sophomore forward Yoeli Childs had 14 points before fouling out for BYU (17-5, 6-3). Junior guard Elijah Bryant added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars, who had their four-game winning streak halted.
Landale made 13 of 19 field-goal attempts while reaching the 30-point mark for the sixth time this season.
The margin was three before Landale scored five consecutive points — including his first 3-pointer of the season — to give Saint Mary’s a 59-51 lead with 7:03 to play.
Junior guard McKay Cannon drained a 3-pointer to pull the Cougars within 61-56 with 5:39 left, but Landale scored five points and junior forward Evan Fitzner made a 3-pointer during an 8-0 run that gave the Gaels a 13-point lead.
Landale had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half, and Saint Mary’s was on top 33-30 at the break.
The Cougars led 19-18 after Bryant’s jumper before the Gaels erupted on a 13-2 burst to open a 10-point bulge. Senior guard Cullen Neal scored six points and Naar added five during the surge as Saint Mary’s took a 31-21 lead.
Landale’s inside hoop gave the Gaels a 33-25 lead before BYU rattled off 10 straight points — five to end the half, five to start the second — to take a 35-33 edge. A basket by Childs gave the Cougars a 39-37 lead with 16:38 left in the contest before sophomore guards Jordan Ford and Tanner Krebs drained 3-pointers during an 8-0 surge that gave Saint Mary’s a 45-39 lead with 14:30 to go.
BYU received consecutive baskets from sophomore forward Dalton Nixon and Childs to pull within two with 12:54 left before the Gaels began pulling away to notch their fifth straight win over the Cougars.
—Field Level Media