Gonzaga-BYU: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ victory over the Cougars
Jan. 18, 2020 Updated Sat., Jan. 18, 2020 at 10:08 p.m.
Killian Tillie reinforced his health against BYU, leading the Bulldogs with 22 points. He shot 54% from the floor and added seven free points from the free-throw line. Toss in two offensive rebounds and two assists, and Tillie was the most involved playmaker on offense.
It was Joel Ayayi who flashed out on switches and poked balls away from BYU. The redshirt sophomore was active on the defensive end, matching up with BYU star TJ Haws when Ryan Woolridge switched off, and helping force the guard into two of his four turnovers.
Filip Petrusev grabbed the first offensive rebound of the game and from that point, the Zags crashed the offensive glass with a fury. Nine offensive rebounds later, GU had outrebounded the Cougars 9-1 and held a 12-2 lead in second-chance points.
Gonzaga’s Ryan Woolridge (4), right, drives against Brigham Young University’s Alex Barcello (4) in the first half of action Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at the McCarthey Athletic Center at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. The Zags led 38-31 at the half. Jesse Tinsley/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
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