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3 keys to BYU’s loss to No. 8 Gonzaga

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BYU Cougars forwards Gideon George (5) and Atiki Ally Atiki (4) after a loss to Gonzaga on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.

BYU Cougars forwards Gideon George (5) and Atiki Ally Atiki (4) come off the court after a 75-74 loss to the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Marriott Center in Provo on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Thanks to blistering 3-point shooting by BYU, the Cougars led No. 8 Gonzaga by as many as 10 points in the second half. But in the end, the Zags rallied and pulled off a dramatic 75-74 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 18,987 at the Marriott Center Thursday night. 

  • Gonzaga’s Anton Watson, who scored 18 points, blocked a 3-point shot by BYU’s Spencer Johnson just before time expired. The Zags’ Drew Timme led all scorers with 19.
  • BYU knocked down 8 of 16 3-pointers in the second half (13 of 25) overall. Jaxson Robinson had five 3s, Gideon George had four and Johnson finished with three. 
  • The Cougars held the Zags to 34% shooting from the field in the second half. But Julian Strawther buried a game-winning 3 with 9.5 seconds remaining.

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