SPOKANE, Wash. (ABC4 Sports) – There appears to be no match for the Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference.
BYU gave up 51 points in the first half and 51 more in the seconds half, in a 102-68 drubbing at the hands of the Bulldogs, dropping the Cougars back into third place in the West Coast Conference with one game left in the regular season.
“I thought we competed really well and fought hard,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said. “We didn’t execute the way we needed to down the stretch. We’ve been really good and finished games really well the last two or three weeks but not tonight. Hopefully we can get back to a winning track on Saturday and before we go to the tournament.”
Yoeli Childs and TJ Haws scored 18 points apiece while Nick Emery and Gavin Baxter each scored nine points. Childs added seven rebounds and one assist and Haws contributed eight assists and three rebounds. Emery tallied three rebounds and three assists while Baxter added six rebounds and three blocks.
The Bulldogs jumped to an early 11-4 lead with nearly 16 minutes on the clock. Haws and Childs hit back-to-back threes to cut into the deficit as Gonzaga led 17-13 with 13:55 remaining in the first half.
With 8:25 on the clock, a jumper by Childs kicked off a 7-0 run for the Cougars to bring the Bulldogs lead to five points, 31-26.
Childs drained a bucket from beyond the arc and was followed by a basket in the paint by Baxter and a trey by Emery to bring the score to 45-38, forcing a timeout by Gonzaga at the 1:20 mark in the first half.
At halftime, the Bulldogs held a 51-38 advantage after shooting 57.1 percent from the field compared to BYU’s 44.1 percent. Haws led the team with 11 points and Childs added 10.
Childs scored on the first possession of the second half. Despite Gonzaga answering on the other end of the court, Emery buried a long 3 pointer to make it a 10-point game, 53-43.
With 17:28 remaining in the game, Baxter converted on a 3-point play to bring the score to 58-47 but the Bulldogs continued to dominate on their offensive end of the court.
At the nine-minute mark, Gonzaga hit five free throws in a row then back-to-back layups to take a commanding 73-53 lead. The Bulldogs maintained control of the game from there and went on to take the win.
On the game, BYU shot 41.9 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from 3 and 61.5 percent from the free throw line. Gonzaga recorded 54.5 percent from the field, 45.0 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the charity stripe.
The Cougars return to the Marriott Center for the final game of West Coast Conference action on Saturday, March 2. The game against San Diego will tipoff at 7 p.m.