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02-26-2017, 01:18 AM
“Our defense in the second half wasn’t the best,” GU senior center Przemek Karnowski (http://www.spokesman.com/zags/rosters/player/przemek-karnowski/)said. “We based our team on defense this season and that’s what we took pride in. We just have to get better defending 1-on-1, help-side, rebounding. Everything.“Mika was hitting shots. We decided not to double and (Collins) and J3 (Johnathan Williams (http://www.spokesman.com/zags/rosters/player/johnathan-williams/)) had to deal with him 1-on-1. He’s a good player and he was hitting those tough shots.”
Mika had company as freshman guard TJ Haws buried five 3-pointers and scored 17 points and Bryant, in addition to playing solid defensively against Williams-Goss, chipped in 14 points.
“Obviously, we didn’t play defense up to the level we should be playing,” junior guard Silas Melson (http://www.spokesman.com/zags/rosters/player/silas-melson/) said. “It’s all on us. The coaches threw everything out there that we needed to know, we just didn’t execute it.
“We let Haws get hot in the first half, we can’t do that. We let Mika expose us. It was self-explanatory.”


02-26-2017, 01:26 AM
. During the under-12 minute timeout, Rose said he told his players in the huddle: "This is for us to take. Let's go take it."
And the Cougars did.
After Bryant's layup tied it at 71 with 1:52 remaining, Johnathan Williams missed a 10-footer for the Zags, and Mika scored on the other end. After a Gonzaga turnover, its 16th, Corbin Kaufusi made a putback basket and the Cougars started celebrating as the stunned student section chanted "NIT, NIT."

The Cougars could only point at each other and laugh. This time the joke was on the other guys.


02-26-2017, 01:37 AM


02-26-2017, 01:41 AM
. A technical foul on Gonzaga helped BYU cut its deficit to 58-53 and seemed to spark the Cougars. A pair of 3-pointers by Nick Emery (http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/3947125/nick-emery) cut Gonzaga's lead to one, and Mika's basket gave the Cougars their first lead at 61-60.
The teams traded baskets until Mika put the Cougars ahead for good.


02-26-2017, 02:12 AM
Brigham Young upset No. 1 Gonzaga, 79-71, on Saturday night, ending the host Bulldogs’ quest to go undefeated in the final game of the regular season.
Eric Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds for B.Y.U. (21-10, 12-6 West Coast), including a basket with a minute left that gave the Cougars a 73-71 lead. Gonzaga lost the ball on its next two possessions, and Corbin Kaufusi had a put-back and Mika hit two free throws to put the game out of reach.