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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