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Gonzaga-BYU: 3 keys from the Bulldogs’ 102-68 victory over the Cougars

Feb. 23, 2019 Updated Sat., Feb. 23, 2019 at 10:42 p.m.

Key moment

BYU was hanging around, down 11, when the Zags took command with a 21-3 run. The first five points came at the free-throw line, four by Rui Hachimura and one by Josh Perkins after BYU’s bench was whistled for a technical foul. Geno Crandall brought the crowd to its feet with a double-crossover move en route to a layup and Brandon Clarke added an inside bucket to put GU up 73-53 with 8:43 remaining.

Offensive MVP

Gotta go with Perkins on Senior Night. The point guard hit 7 of 11 shots, including 3 of 4 3-pointers, to finish with 21 points. He had five of his seven assists in the first half as Gonzaga built a 13-point lead. Perkins moved into a tie for third with Jeremy Pargo on GU’s single-season list with 199.

Defensive MVP

Sticking with the Senior Night theme, the nod goes to Crandall, who had two of Gonzaga’s 10 steals and did a credible job defending BYU point guard TJ Haws. Crandall lost the slippery Haws a few times, but usually made the junior guard work for his points. Haws scored 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting.

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