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Gonzaga tries to contain BYU’s Elijah Bryant again

BYU guard Elijah Bryant shoots over Pacific forward Jahlil Tripp during a Jan. 27 game in Provo. (Isaac Hale / Associated Press)

Elijah Bryant does it all for BYU. He leads the Cougars in scoring (17.6), shares first in steals (1.3) and he’s second in rebounding (6.5), blocks (0.6) and assists (2.4). He’s been even better in WCC play at 18.6 points and 7.2 boards per game.

Bryant will be highly motivated after scoring just four points on 1-of-11 shooting against Gonzaga earlier this month. It was a rare off night for the 6-foot-5 junior wing whose shooting numbers are off the charts (49 percent from the field, 42 percent on 3-pointers, 87.7 percent at free-throw line).

BYU managed just 60 points in the first meeting with Bryant struggling against several defenders, including Corey Kispert, Zach Norvell Jr. and Jeremy Jones. The Zags will probably take a similar approach to Saturday’s game and hope for the same results. BYU will likely make adjustments to try to free up Bryant, who is also a solid defender.