Provo, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Anson Winder scored 17 points and BYU picked
up a signature win, 73-65, over No. 25 Gonzaga on Thursday.
The Cougars (19-10, 11-5 WCC) forced 16 turnovers and never trailed in the
second half en route to their sixth win in the last seven games.
Matt Carlino supplied 15 points, Eric Mika added 13 and Tyler Haws had 12 in
"It was a hard-fought, aggressive game with both teams attacking," BYU coach
Dave Rose said. "There were times when you could really tell that the players
on both teams really wanted to win. Those are fun games to be involved with as
a coach. You see guys putting it all out there for the team."
Sam Dower and Kevin Pangos netted 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the
Bulldogs (23-5, 13-2), whose magic number to win the West Coast Conference
regular season crown outright remains one with three games remaining.
BYU controlled play for most of the first half, even leading by double digits
before a late 15-2 Gonzaga run gave the Bulldogs a 39-36 lead.
Haws sent the game into halftime even at 39 with a 3-pointer, and the Cougars
scored the first six points of the second half and stayed in front the rest of
Two Kyle Dranginis free throws with under four minutes to play had Gonzaga
within 64-60, but Carlino put in consecutive buckets around a turnover to
rebuild a healthy lead, and the Cougars held on from there.
Gonzaga has at least a share of the conference title for the 13th time since
2001 ... BYU improved to 13-1 at Marriott Center.
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