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Tatiana Littlefield | Posted: 6 Mar 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Tatiana Littlefield

Cougars fall 74-54 to No. 6 Gonzaga in WCC finals


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LAS VEGAS – BYU men's basketball fell 74-54 to No. 6 Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference championship game Tuesday night in the Orleans Arena.

"Gonzaga had a tremendous tournament and tonight they were a handful for us," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "I'm proud of our guys and how we competed early in the game. It's tough when games get one sided, but from top to bottom our guys showed who they are and hung in there."

Yoeli Childs led the team with 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Elijah Bryant contributed 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Payton Dastrup recorded 11 points and four rebounds off the bench.

The Cougars started the game with a 5-0 run to take an early lead and defensively held Gonzaga to zero points in the first three minutes of the game.

Childs scored his second trey of the night to even the game at 8-all with 16:03 on the clock.

Back-to-back buckets by the Bulldogs put them on top, 18-14, with 11:28 to go in the first half.

After a scoreless five minutes for BYU, Bryant finished at the rim to start the Cougars on a 7-0 run to take back the lead, 21-20, with 6:32 remaining before halftime.

The sixth three in a row for Childs – dating back to the Saint Mary's game – tied the game at 27-all with three minutes left in the first period. Gonzaga answered with an 11-2 run to take a 38-29 lead into the locker room.

BYU shot 36.7 percent from the field compared to the Bulldogs' 44.4 percent.

The second half began with a 4-0 run by Gonzaga, forcing a timeout by the Cougars with 17:38 remaining in the game and the Bulldogs on top 42-29.

BYU's first basket of the second half came at the 14:55 mark when Bryant finished a layup to make the score 50-31 for Gonzaga.

Dastrup came off the bench and scored six-straight points, sparking a 10-0 run by the Cougars, making the score 65-41 with 7:30 left in the game.

The final minutes of the game saw a 7-2 run by BYU to make the final score 74-54 in favor of Gonzaga.

The Cougars shot 35.5 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from three and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line. The Bulldogs shot 46.8 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and 85.7 percent from the charity stripe.

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Kyle Chilton | Posted: 6 Mar 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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BYU to face Gonzaga in WCC title game


BYU Game Notes

No. 3 seed BYU men's basketball will face top-seed and No. 6/6 Gonzaga in the title game of the WCC Basketball Championships on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PST in the Orleans Arena.

Tuesday's game will be televised live on ESPN. The game with also be broadcast live on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143 and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

BYU Storylines

  • BYU faces No. 6/6 Gonzaga in the title game of the WCC Championships on Tuesday in the Orleans. This is the third time the Cougars have played in the title game. BYU also advanced to the championship game in 2014 and 2015 and faced Gonzaga both times.
  • Yoeli Childs scored 33 points and Elijah Bryant had 25 vs. Gonzaga. It was the sixth time this season and second-straight game both players scored 20-plus in the same game. They each have 13 20-point games.
  • BYU coach Dave Rose has advanced to the final round of the ESPN INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Rose is competing to raise $100,000 for the BYU Simmons Center for Cancer Research. Fans can vote daily by composing or retweeting a tweet with the hashtags #Timeout2Vote #CoachDaveRose and at

BYU Cougars (24-9, 11-7 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 329-120 (13th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-4, 17-1 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Mark Few
  • Alma Mater: Oregon, 1987
  • Career Record: 532-117 (19th)
  • Record at Gonzaga: Same

Game Information

  • TV: ESPN
  • TV Talent: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst), Gene Wojciechowski (courtside)
  • Live Video:
  • Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, 102.7 FM/1160 AM
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Stats:

Series Information

  • Series Record: Gonzaga leads 14-6
  • Last Meeting: Gonzaga won 79-65, 2/24/18
  • H/A/N: 2-5/3-4/1-5

Security Information

  • The Orleans Arena and the West Coast Conference have instituted a Clear Bag Policy for all sessions of the 2018 WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. These measures are being implemented in an effort to enhance security and efficiency entering the arena. The WCC clear bag policy is consistent with industry standards nationwide. Fans are limited to one clear bag per person and one small clutch for personal items.
  • Clear Bag Policy
  • Clear Bag Policy FAQ

Media Credential Pickup and Entrance

  • Media credential pick-up will be at the southeast arena entrance of the Orleans, adjacent to their administrative offices.
  • Media should enter through the southeast entrance throughout the tournament to have their bags, backpacks, camera equipment, radio equipment, etc. checked. 
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