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How the No. 23 BYU Cougars upset the No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs 91-78

Brigham Young Cougars guard TJ Haws (30) drives against Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Ryan Woolridge (4) at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
Brigham Young Cougars guard TJ Haws (30) drives against Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Ryan Woolridge (4) at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

PROVO — No. 23 BYU handed No. 2 Gonzaga just its second loss of the year and first in league play, as the Cougars followed their seniors to a 91-78 victory at the Marriott Center on Saturday night.

Here are three takeaways that defined the game:

Brigham Young Cougars forward Yoeli Childs (23) celebrates with fans who rushed the court after BYU toppled No. 2-ranked Gonzaga 91-78 at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
  • The Cougars (23-7, 12-3 West Coast Conference) were led by their seniors in the upset win, as Yoeli Childs had a team-high 28 points and 10 rebounds. Jake Toolson added 17 points and six assists, while TJ Haws had 16 points and eight assists. Zac Seljaas was also in double-figures with 12 points. That helped BYU overcome four Gonzaga players in double-figures, led by 18 from Killian Tillie.
  • Toolson led BYU’s efforts from 3-point range, hitting 5 of 9 and making the Cougars’ first halfway through the first half after BYU started 0 of 6 from three. The Cougars shot 11 of 27 from 3-point range, while Gonzaga was 5 of 25. Alex Barcello first points of the game were big, hitting a 3 with 4:42 to play to put the Cougars up 82-74. Moments later, Haws drilled a sweepback 3-pointer to make it 85-76.
  • Gonzaga (27-2, 13-1 WCC) committed 14 turnovers in the game, and the Cougars turned those into 18 points. BYU also had 22 assists on 33 field goals while shooting 53.2% from the field — making 8 of 11 field goals to end the first half and hitting 6 of 7 during a critical late stretch in the second half.

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