Traore, Knight lead BYU past Loyola Marymount in OT

The victory snapped the Cougars’ first four-game losing streak in the Mark Pope era

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) San Francisco Dons forward Patrick Tape (11) shoots over Brigham Young Cougars forward Fousseyni Traore (45), in West Coast Conference action at the Marriott Center in Provo, on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. Traore was instrumental in the Cougars' win on Thursday.

Los Angeles • Fousseyni Traore had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Seneca Knight made a free throw with 0.7 seconds to play to give BYU an 83-82 overtime win over Loyola Marymount on Thursday night.

Knight was fouled going for a last-second shot after LMU’s Keli Leaupepe tied the game with 23 seconds to go.

The Lions forced the overtime, after blowing a 17-point second-half lead, when Eli Scott scored with two seconds remaining, tying the game at 76.

Gideon George added 18 points for the Cougars, while Te’Jon Lucas chipped in 17. Lucas also had nine assists.

Alex Barcello had 12 points for BYU (18-8, 6-5 West Coast Conference), which snapped its four-game losing streak.

Loyola Marymount scored 45 points in the first half, a season high for the team.

Leaupepe scored a career-high 26 points and had seven rebounds for the Lions (9-13, 2-8), whose losing streak stretched to six games. Scott added 16 points. Cam Shelton had 14 points.