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The 14th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs have become late-game specialists, at least in their last three games. They came through in crunch time again to hold off BYU 68-60 in front of a loud gathering of 6,000 Saturday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Some nights just aren’t for the books. Silas Melson knew that Saturday, when the Gonzaga Bulldogs shut down BYU 68-60.
The Bulldogs put an end to this hex or voodoo or whammy or whatever it was that Brigham Young held over their heads in the McCarthey Athletic Center the previous three years.
Those 30-, 40-point WCC blowouts of late December and early January have given way to a new-look Gonzaga basketball team. Back then, the points came easy as Gonzaga’s point totals soared into the 80s, 90s and even 100s. The 14th-ranked Zags have become late-game specialists, at least in their last three games, and they came through in crunch time again to hold off BYU 68-60 Saturday.
After Brigham Young put a wrinkle in Gonzaga's nearly perfect regular season record last year, it's not a wonder that Saturday's rematch inside the Kennel could have stirred up some vengeful emotions. In previous seasons, some Gonzaga students have expressed their spite with costumes that tend to mock the Mormon faith. But this season, students called for a change in tradition.
There is probably no better way to watch a college basketball game than from inside a loud, raucous arena with about 6,000 of your best friends. But watching from home, with the DVR doing its thing and ESPN2’s cameras catching just about everything, is pretty nice, too.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 68-60 win over BYU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.
Rui Hachimura netted a team-high 15 points off the bench as No. 14 Gonzaga held off BYU 68-60 on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Look back at BYU’s wins over Gonzaga at the McCarthey Athletic Center the last three seasons.
Winning streaks are common at the McCarthey Athletic Center, compiled by a Gonzaga basketball team with one of the nation’s best home-court winning percentages since the cozy 6,000-seat arena opened in 2004. Meet the uncommon: The McCarthey menace known as BYU.
If one removes heavy favorite Saint Mary’s Jock Landale from WCC player of the year consideration, next in line just might be BYU forward Yoeli Childs.
The Brigham Young Cougars came to Spokane last February and erased the Gonzaga men’s basketball team’s shot at a perfect record as the Bulldogs eventually advanced, and fell, in the National Championship game.