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No. 25 Zags Fall to BYU, 73-65

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Mark Few left Provo wanting more from his Zags as they failed to beat BYU on the road. Mark Few left Provo wanting more from his Zags as they failed to beat BYU on the road.
The Brigham Young University men's basketball team defeated Gonzaga, 73-65, preventing the Bulldogs from securing the West Coast Conference title at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah on Thursday, Feb. 20. 

The Zags (23-5, 13-2 WCC) and Cougars (19-10, 11-5) were tied at 39 going into the half thanks to a 15-2 run from the Bulldogs over the closing minutes in the first frame. Brigham Young's Tyler Haws hit the three-point shot at the buzzer to end the run and force the halftime deadlock.

Gonzaga trailed by six points for the majority of the final five minutes of the game, even trailing by eight with just over a minute left. Though the Zags cut BYU's lead to four--69-65--with 45 seconds to play, they failed to make the shots needed to complete the comeback.

The Zags were led by Sam Dower Jr.'s 14 points and 7 rebounds. Gonzaga turned the ball over 16 times in Provo, more than double the 7 times it did in the first meeting between these two teams in Spokane on Jan. 25.

BYU's leading scorer, Haws, finished with only 12 points, well below his 24.1 points-per-game average. Anson Winder lead the Cougars with 17 points. 

Gonzaga will stay on the road and face the University of San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 22. 
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