Gonzaga Dominated BYU En Route To Sixth Consecutive WCC Tournament
36-4 run led to the Zags cruising to an easy title game victory.
Lady Luck ran on empty for Cougar Cagers on Title Tuesday
After pulling off a shocking victory over Saint Mary’s in the WCC Semifinals, the odds were stacked against BYU from pulling off a second victory over a Top-25 team in as many days. Not only were the Cougars facing another nationally-ranked team, but they were taking on one of the nation’s hottest teams in No. 6 Gonzaga.
BYU once again found out just how hot Gonzaga is and how big the gap is between facing Saint Mary’s and the program that dominates the West Coast Conference year after year.
The Cougars lost to Gonzaga on Championship Tuesday, 74-54, and the game was worse than that lopsided score would already indicate.
Gonzaga reeled off a 36-4 run that began at the end of the first half and carried over into the second half. BYU didn’t score their first points in the second half until the 14:55 mark where Elijah Bryant knocked down a mid-range jumper.
The Zags shot 47-percent from the field and 43-percent from beyond the arc compared to BYU’s 35 and 32-percent respectively.
The production from the bench that helped propel BYU over the Gaels, was non-existent against the Zags. Even if they had shown up like they did against Saint Mary’s, it still might have not been enough. Gonzaga looked like a National Championship contender once again. This was a coronation of the dominance that Gonzaga continues to have on the West Coast Conference. Not a knock on BYU.
It’s a difficult game to swallow for BYU as they realize how difficult it is to get to that championship game in this conference but to show up and get destroyed, that’s hard to watch and no one saw the Zags cruising as easily as they did.
In the Dave Rose era (since 2005), BYU is now 0-6 in conference tournament championship games (0-3 in Mountain West and 0-3 in WCC). In those six losses, the Cougars have been outscored by a total of 88 points.
Up next for Gonzaga: The Zags will prepare for the NCAA Tournament where they will either be a three or a four-seed, most likely. For BYU: The Cougars will get ready for a likely appearance in the NIT, for the third consecutive season.