Play with Discipline
Gonzaga went on two major runs on Thursday night. Their first one, a 19-3 run early in the game, came as the Cougars got good looks offensively but couldn’t make their shots.
The second one, however, came in the second half after BYU showed some signs of life and cut the Bulldog lead to 14. The Zags then went on an 11-4 run to put the game back out of reach, and the Cougars practically gave up from there.
During that second run, and for the rest of the game, the BYU offense stopped running efficiently. Most players stopped moving without the ball and that stagnation led to mistakes and hero ball.
All season the Cougars have struggled to play with discipline when things start to go wrong. Rather that doubling down on their execution to stop an opponent’s scoring run, they play panicked on both ends of the court and let things become worse.
BYU should be able to beat Loyola Marymount at home, but it’s almost a guarantee that things will go wrong at least once, letting the Lions start a scoring run. BYU needs to stick to what works when that time comes rather than letting their discipline disappear.