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Results have been mixed for BYU in WCC tournament

Brigham Young Cougars guard Kyle Collinsworth shoots on Gonzaga Bulldogs in Provo Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Gonzaga won 71-68.
Brigham Young Cougars guard Kyle Collinsworth shoots on Gonzaga Bulldogs in Provo Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Gonzaga won 71-68.
Jeffrey D. Allred,

PROVO — Over the course of the four West Coast Conference tournaments that BYU has played in, the Cougars own a combined record of 5-4.

Gonzaga has eliminated BYU three out of four years in the WCC tournament. The Zags defeated the Cougars in the WCC championship game in each of the last two seasons at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

BYU has never won the WCC tournament and hasn't won a conference tournament since 2001.

This year, the No. 3 seed Cougars and No. 2 Gonzaga could meet in the semifinals next Monday.

But first comes the quarterfinals Saturday when BYU has to get past No. 6 Santa Clara (2 p.m., MST, BYUtv) and the Zags must beat No. 7 Portland.

In other quarterfinal matchups Saturday, No. 1 Saint Mary’s meets the winner of No. 8 Loyola Marymount and No. 9 San Diego; and No. 4 Pepperdine faces No. 5 San Francisco.

The Cougars (22-9, 13-5) have never played Saint Mary’s in WCC tournament history.

SHOOTING WOES: BYU fell to Gonzaga at home last Saturday, 71-68, in the regular-season finale. The Cougars shot a season-low 33 percent (22 of 67) from the field.

Starting guards Kyle Collinsworth, Chase Fischer and Nick Emery combined to shoot 14 of 44 from the field.

BYU had plenty of good looks at the basket. “Unfortunately,” Fischer said, “we didn’t make them.”

“They did a good job slowing us down,” Collinsworth said of the Zags. “That was a key for them, slowing us down enough where it became more of a half-court game, sitting in the middle, bringing guys off and do what they wanted to do in their game plan.”

Collinsworth said his team was able to take away positives from Saturday’s loss going into the WCC tournament.

“It makes us more hungry. When we play them again we’re going to be more hungry. We have nothing to lose. It kind of gives us that mindset. Just go into the tournament and give it all that we have.”

COLLINSWORTH’S NUMBERS: Collinsworth has scored 1,611 points, grabbed 1,001 rebounds, dished out 660 assists and recorded 219 steals in his career.

That makes him the first player in Division I history to eclipse the 1,500-point, 1,000-rebound, 500-assist, 200-steal plateau.

Saturday against Gonzaga, Collinsworth recorded his 34th career double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds, tying Alan Taylor for third-most in school history. He also played in his 134th career game, tied with Noah Hartsock for sixth-most at BYU. He had eight assists and two steals. Collinsworth knocked down two 3-pointers against the Zags.

SELJAAS MISSION CALL: Freshman guard Zac Seljaas received his LDS mission call over the weekend. Seljaas has been called to serve in the Des Moines, Iowa Mission and is scheduled to leave in May.

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