Arrow-right Camera
Gonzaga Basketball
Sports >  Gonzaga basketball

Recap and highlights: No. 2 Gonzaga thumps BYU on senior night

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 23, 2019, 10:43 p.m.

Josh Perkins scored 21 points and dished out seven assists on Senior Night as No. 2 Gonzaga routed BYU on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Zach Norvell Jr. led the Bulldogs (27-2, 14-0 WCC) with 25 points, while Rui Hachimura had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

TJ Haws and Yoeli Childs paced BYU (18-12, 10-5) with 18 points each.

The Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent from the floor and 45 percent from deep, while the Cougars shot 41.9 percent overall and 38.1 percent from 3-point range. Gonzaga also made 21 of 27 free throws, while BYU attempted just 13 shots from the foul line.

GU outrebounded BYU 40-31 and outscored the Cougars 46-30 in the paint.

Gonzaga finishes the season with a 17-0 record at home.

The Bulldogs travel to Stockton, California on Thursday for an 8 p.m. game against Pacific (ESPN2).

♦  ♦  ♦

First half

Final – Gonzaga 102, BYU 68: Convincing win for the Bulldogs, who put the pedal to the medal over the final 10 minutes against the Cougars.

Memorable Senior Night performances for Josh Perkins and Geno Crandall. Jeremy Jones also finishes with seven points on his last home game and Jack Beach got the start.

Two more games on the road for the Zags before the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. BYU has some work to do still to try and secure the No. 2 seed in the tourney and a bye into the semifinals.

3:05 – Gonzaga 94, BYU 59: Another technical foul call on BYU after a Corey Kispert block only gets the Zags and the GU fans more amped up.

Rui Hachimura breaks the 20-point mark on a nifty up-and-under layup. Brandon Clarke then swats TJ Haws and finds Rui for the wide-open slam, forcing a BYU timeout.

Cougars did a good job of keeping this one close for about 30 minutes, but the Zags have shifted into another gear over the last five minutes.

Hachimura checks out for what could be the last time in Spokane. The junior’s NBA Draft stock continues to rise with his impressive play this season. He finishes with 23 points.

Josh Perkins also plays his final minutes in the Kennel, going to the bench after a 21-point, seven-assist performance – one of his better games this season.

Emotional night for GU, which has done a great job of focusing that energy on the court.

8:19 – Gonzaga 73, BYU 56: Four fouls on BYU’s Yoeli Childs as he goes to the bench, a big help for the Bulldogs.

BYU coach Dave Rose follows up with a technical foul of his own. The Cougars were called for 10 fouls in the first nine minutes of the half.

Ankle-snapper from Geno Crandall as the senior gets a BYU defender twisted up and finishes at the bucket to get to eight points. One of Crandall’s best games of the season comes on Senior Night.

Rui Hachimura now up to 19 points, while Josh Perkins has 18.

Zags outrebounding BYU 33-26, including 7-5 on the offensive glass. 9-0 run from the Bulldogs gives GU its biggest lead of the game.

Impressive half from the Zags, who could move back to the top spot in the Associated Press rankings on Monday.

11:36 – Gonzaga 64, BYU 53: BYU keeping some pressure on the Bulldogs, but GU always seems to have an answer to keep this one around a double-digit margin.

Yoeli Childs and TJ Haws up to 15 for the Cougars, while Zach Norvell Jr. is the first to hit the 20-point mark for the Zags. Josh Perkins at 17 for GU, while Rui Hachimura has 15.

Quiet night on offense for Brandon Clarke, but the redshirt junior has seven rebounds to go with his two points.

Zags shooting 52.1 percent from the floor, while holding BYU to 46.7 percent shooting.

14:52 – Gonzaga 60, BYU 49: Josh Perkins going out in style on Senior Night. The Zags all-time assists leader drills a 3-pointer to open the second half and now has 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting.

GU back to its usual starting five out of the half with Zach Norvell Jr., Corey Kispert, Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura alongside Perkins.

Second half off to a slow start as the whistles have become more frequent. BYU standout Yoeli Childs picks up his third personal foul call, while Nick Emery and Gavin Baxter both have two for the Cougars.

TJ Haws trying to keep BYU in this one as his transition layup puts him at 13 points.

First half

Halftime – Gonzaga 51, BYU 38: Yoeli Childs flashes some range with a 3-pointer of Rui Hachimura, but Hachimura answers back with a jumper on the next trip down the court to get to double figures with 11 points.

Little run near the end of the half for BYU gets the Cougars within seven points, but Josh Perkins quickly extends the lead back to double figures with his second 3-pointer of the night.

Perk up to 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting.

Zach Norvell Jr. leads all scorers with 18 points, while TJ Haws is pacing BYU with 11 points.

Zags shoot 57.1 percent overall and 55.6 percent from deep, while BYU is shooting 44.1 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from 3-point range.

GU outrebounding BYU 19-16 and is outscoring the Cougars in the paint 24-16

3:32 – Gonzaga 41, BYU 28: Zach Norvell Jr. having himself a night so far. The rangy guard is getting it done inside and outside and has 15 points.

Rui Hachimura on the doorstep of double figures with nine points.

BYU really struggling from deep so far. The Cougars are shooting just 25 percent from 3-point range, hitting 3 of 12 attempts.

Zags on a 10-2 run as BYU can’t get any offense going. BYU’s Zac Seljaas also picks up his third foul in just nine minutes of action off the bench.

7:43 – Gonzaga 31, BYU 23: All of BYU’s offense going through TJ Haws right now. He’s up to 11 points on 5 of 9 shooting. Yoeli Childs with seven points for the Cougars.

Huge minutes so far for Geno Crandall, who is taking advantage of his first start in a Zags uniform. He’s got six points on 3 of 3 shooting.

Zags shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and 50 percent from deep, while BYU is shooting 47.6 percent overall and 22.2 percent from 3-point range.

GU with three turnovers to BYU’s six, while the Zags are outrebounding the Cougars 12-9.

11:55 – Gonzaga 23, BYU 17: Zags with a nice Senior Night highlight for Geno Crandall. The grad transfer from North Dakota slips behind his defender and Josh Perkins finds him for the alley-oop.

Zags playing with a ton of energy out of the gate on both ends of the floor.

BYU getting a little more comfortable over the last few minutes as TJ Haws and Yoeli Childs hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for the Cougars.

Zach Norvell Jr. answers right back with a triple of his own to get to five points. Perkins up to seven early points after a nice layup in traffic.

15:49 – Gonzaga 11, BYU 4: Senior Night means a new starting five for the first time this season. Rui Hachimura stays down low and Josh Perkins runs the point, but Geno Crandall, Jeremy Jones and Jack Beach take over starting roles from Zach Norvell Jr., Corey Kispert and Brandon Clarke.

Quick start for Hachimura, who hits a pair of mid-range jumpers and has six points.

Norvell replaces Beach after about 90 seconds, while Jones and Crandall stay in the game through the first media timeout.

Good opening few minutes for Josh Perkins as well. He hits a 3-pointer and dishes out a nice assist to Hachimura. He’s also shown that he has range from off the court as well with a pregame tunnel trey.

BYU looking lost already on offense, hitting just 2 of 5 shots and turning it over three times.

Gonzaga announces starting 5

Pregame

Game preview

Gonzaga roster

No. Name Pos Ht Wt Class Hometown
11 Joel Ayayi G 6-5 180 Fr Bordeaux, France
2 Jack Beach G 6-3 180 Jr San Diego, CA
15 Brandon Clarke F 6-8 215 Jr Phoenix, AZ
0 Geno Crandall G 6-3 175 Sr Minneapolis, MN
4 Greg Foster Jr. G 6-5 195 Fr Milwaukee, WI
21 Rui Hachimura F 6-8 230 Jr Toyama, Japan
22 Jeremy Jones F 6-7 213 Sr San Antonio, TX
24 Corey Kispert F 6-6 215 So Edmonds, WA
10 Matthew Lang G 6-3 185 Fr Portland, OR
5 Alex Martin G 6-5 205 Jr Overland Park, KS
23 Zach Norvell Jr. G 6-5 205 So Chicago, IL
20 Paul Pennington G 5-10 160 Fr Boise, ID
13 Josh Perkins G 6-3 190 Sr Park Hill, CO
3 Filip Petrusev F 6-11 225 Fr Belgrade, Serbia
33 Killian Tillie F 6-10 220 Jr Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France

LEADERS

Player G MPG FG% FT% 3P% ORPG RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Rui Hachimura 28 30.1 .607 .756 .444 1.5 6.5 1.6 1.0 0.8 20.4
Brandon Clarke 28 27.5 .692 .672 .364 3.1 8.3 1.8 1.2 3.1 16.7
Zach Norvell Jr. 28 30.5 .453 .839 .390 0.8 4.5 3.2 1.4 0.0 15.8
Josh Perkins 28 30.9 .456 .828 .368 0.5 3.0 6.9 1.4 0.1 10.5
Corey Kispert 28 26.5 .429 .871 .382 0.9 3.9 1.1 0.6 0.5 8.6
Filip Petrusev 27 12.0 .556 .845 .310 0.7 3.0 0.2 0.2 0.6 7.0
Killian Tillie 9 17.2 .465 .727 .300 1.2 4.2 1.6 0.8 0.9 6.0
Geno Crandall 19 18.5 .416 .676 .265 0.2 1.8 2.3 0.8 0.1 5.2
Jeremy Jones 28 14.4 .630 .763 .529 0.6 3.4 1.0 0.5 0.1 3.4
Joel Ayayi 18 6.1 .552 .333 .273 0.3 1.6 0.6 0.3 0.0 2.0
Matthew Lang 8 2.5 .750 1.000 .500 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Jack Beach 15 3.0 .444 - .444 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.8
Greg Foster Jr. 23 5.1 .292 .500 .154 0.0 0.5 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.8
Alex Martin 2 0.5 .000 - .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

BYU’s roster

No. Name Pos Ht Wt Class Hometown
10 Ryan Andrus F 6-11 240 So American Fork, UT
25 Gavin Baxter F 6-9 210 Fr Provo, UT
1 Rylan Bergersen G 6-6 200 So Boise, ID
24 McKay Cannon G 6-0 185 Sr Shelley, ID
23 Yoeli Childs F 6-8 225 Jr South Jordan, UT
4 Nick Emery G 6-2 185 Jr Alpine, UT
44 Connor Harding G 6-6 185 Fr Pocatello, ID
0 Jahshire Hardnett G 6-0 185 Jr Gulfport, MS
30 TJ Haws G 6-4 170 Jr Alpine, UT
40 Kolby Lee F 6-9 240 Fr Meridian, ID
13 Taylor Maughan G 6-4 200 Jr Fullerton, CA
33 Dalton Nixon F 6-7 215 Jr Orem, UT
2 Zac Seljaas G 6-7 215 Jr Bountiful, UT
21 Evan Troy G 6-5 180 Jr Longview, WA
10 Jesse Wade G 6-1 175 So Kaysville, UT
41 Luke Worthington F 6-10 235 Sr Mequon, WI

LEADERS

Player G MPG FG% FT% 3P% ORPG RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Yoeli Childs 29 33.7 .520 .706 .326 2.2 9.8 2.2 1.0 1.0 21.3
TJ Haws 29 33.5 .466 .871 .351 0.3 3.6 5.1 1.2 0.3 17.8
Jahshire Hardnett 20 23.8 .427 .820 .222 0.4 2.0 1.7 1.0 0.0 9.7
Zac Seljaas 29 22.2 .431 .767 .387 0.9 3.5 1.3 0.7 0.4 7.4
Connor Harding 29 19.8 .477 .660 .339 0.3 3.0 1.2 0.4 0.2 6.3
Nick Emery 20 20.0 .373 .727 .344 0.2 1.6 1.7 1.1 0.1 5.7
Gavin Baxter 28 14.0 .651 .472 .333 1.0 2.9 0.3 0.2 1.0 4.5
Dalton Nixon 22 13.4 .439 .724 .063 1.0 2.9 0.9 0.5 0.2 3.6
McKay Cannon 29 19.0 .436 .529 .389 0.3 1.4 1.6 0.8 0.0 3.4
Luke Worthington 29 11.1 .524 .639 - 1.0 2.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 3.1
Rylan Bergersen 24 7.8 .400 .593 .292 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.1 0.2 2.5
Kolby Lee 15 2.9 .400 .300 .250 0.3 0.9 0.1 0.0 0.0 1.3
Taylor Maughan 12 1.8 .000 1.000 .000 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2
Evan Troy 10 2.0 .200 .000 .000 0.1 0.6 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2

Follow along with the Zags

Subscribe to our Gonzaga Basketball newsletter to stay up with the latest news.

You have been successfully subscribed!
There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email webteam@spokesman.com