BYU beats Gonzaga, 83-73
Brigham Young had another tough night making outside shots, hitting 3 of 12 from three-point range Thursday against Gonzaga. The Cougars made up...
PROVO, Utah — Brigham Young had another tough night making outside shots, hitting 3 of 12 from three-point range Thursday against Gonzaga.
The Cougars made up for it defensively in an 83-73 win over No. 24 Gonzaga, holding the Bulldogs to 27 percent shooting in the first half and 41 percent overall.
"That's a big win for our team and for our guys," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "Every player that went in the game tonight played with real urgency and a great effort. Our effort was extreme the whole night and that was our focus going in."
The Cougars had 14 steals and forced Gonzaga into 15 first-half turnovers and 19 overall. BYU also had a strong inside game, outscoring the Bulldogs 44-36 in the paint and shooting 49 percent overall.
BYU is 14 of 85 (.164) from three-point range the past five games. For one night, at least, their opponent was even worse from long distance. Gonzaga was 3 of 19 behind the arc.
Noah Hartsock had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Matt Carlino added 18 points and five assists and Brandon Davies scored 15 for the Cougars (19-6, 7-3 West Coast Conference). Anson Winder, in his first start, had 10 points, five assists and three steals.
Reserve Sam Dower scored 15 for Gonzaga (17-4, 7-2), which is seeking its 12th consecutive regular-season conference championship, but trails St. Mary's (10-0 WCC). Gary Bell Jr. added 14 for the Bulldogs, Marquise Carter had 13 and Robert Sacre 11.
"BYU came out and played us physical. They got after us," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "They were the ones causing (turnovers). The post (players) attacked us well — Hartsock and Davies. Carlino pushed the ball well, which put us back on our heels."