Four In A Row Doesn’t Happen: BYU Falls To No. 14 Gonzaga 68-60 In The Kennel
Gonzaga pulled down 11 offensive rebounds.
TJ Haws led all scorers with 22 points
BYU was looking for their fourth consecutive win at Gonzaga on Saturday night and the Cougars came up short. No. 14 Gonzaga defeated BYU 68-60 in a game that saw the Cougars played remarkably better than two nights ago in Los Angeles against Loyola Marymount.
The Cougars hung around for a majority of the game including stretches in the second half where they tied up the score, but unlike in years past in Spokane, this year’s BYU squad could not get over the hump.
A big reason BYU’s inability to get over the hump was the lack of offensive production from Eli Bryant. Bryant impacted the game in other areas but ended up with only four points on the evening, which was his lowest scoring output since the Cougars played Alabama back in November (five points).
Along with Eli’s significantly lower point total, BYU’s bench was non-existent. Zero points in 24 minutes of action for the Cougars bench. That’s not going to get it done.
BYU had a career-high effort from Luke Worthington who finished with 16 points in 32 minutes, but the Zags size was ultimately too much for BYU. The Bulldogs pulled down 11 offensive rebounds that led to 18 points. Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura came off the bench and led all Zags with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.
What allowed for BYU to pull off the upset in year’s past against Gonzaga was physical play, an enforcer. BYU doesn’t have that right now as they begin to crawl to the regular season finish line before hoping to pull off a miracle and win three-straight at the WCC Tournament in Vegas.
Next: vs. Santa Clara in Provo, 9 p.m. (MST) on ESPNU