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Gonzaga students and fans gathered near the south entrance of the McCarthey Athletic Center late Saturday night as the Bulldogs men’s basketball team returned from the NCAA Tournament West Regional final in San Jose, California.
BYU scored the last 10 points to pull off a 79-71 upset over No. 1 Gonzaga in front of 6,000 Saturday, Feb. 27, 2017 at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, handing the Zags’ their first loss in the regular-season finale.
Spokesman-Review Zags beat reporter Jim Meehan and columnist John Blanchette break down Gonzaga's 8-point loss to visiting BYU on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.
It looked like No. 1 Gonzaga was going to treat BYU the same way it treated its first 17 WCC opponents this season.
Just 29-1. How terrible could that possibly be?
As the Cougars’ 79-71 upset in the Kennel unfolded Saturday night on ESPN, those watching at home had to deal with translating what we were hearing from the television set.
It was a rout, then a ballgame and ultimately a nailbiter.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 79-71 loss to BYU on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
Eric Mika’s jump shot with 1 minute remaining will linger in the minds of Gonzaga fans for a while.
There were a few smiling faces left in the Kennel on Saturday night, but they weren’t wearing Gonzaga colors.
It is not enough that Przemek Karnowski is 7-foot-1 and teeters on either side of 300 pounds, depending on the day’s breakfast. Nor is it enough that he plays basketball for a team that is the civic cocktail at happy hour, with every seat sold and every game on television. Or that the team is unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the nation, the buzz of college basketball.
Senior Night will never be easy. Rem Bakamus knows that much.
Jordan Mathews’ scoring average and shot attempts – 3-pointers, 2-pointers, free throws – are down from his junior season at Cal. His win totals and happiness are way, way up.
Gonzaga plays BYU at home in the McCarthey Athletic Center in the season finale, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.
BYU was Gonzaga’s first test after the Zags reached No. 1 last month. GU won, 85-75, in Provo but was pushed by the Cougars. The Zags are still No. 1 as they attempt to make history Saturday but that would require a win over BYU, which holds an edge in the series’ recent history at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
A look at the key matchups for Gonzaga in its men’s basketball game against BYU on Saturday, Feb. 25 2017.
The last regular season game for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and the final hurdle for them to clear before completing their perfect 30-0 season, is a home match versus the BYU Cougars.