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No. 1-Rated Gonzaga Falls To BYU, Has Win Streak Snapped At 29 Games

#Gonzaga #BYUEric Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds to help BYU upset No. 1 Gonzaga, 79-71, on Saturday night, ending the Bulldogs’ quest to go undefeated in the final game of the regular season.

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 19 points for Gonzaga (29-1, 17-1 West Coast), which was seeking to become the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to finish the regular season without a loss.

Mika’s basket with a minute left gave BYU (21-10, 12-6) a 73-71 lead.

Gonzaga lost the ball on its next two possessions, and Corbin Kaufusi had a putback and Mika hit two free throws to put the game out of reach.

The last team to finish the entire season undefeated was Indiana in 1975-76.

Gonzaga came out fired up and jumped to an 18-2 lead in the first five minutes, making 7 of 10 shots.

The Zags cooled off and three consecutive three-pointers by BYU’s T.J. Haws cut Gonzaga’s lead to 26-22.

Mika’s basket cut Gonzaga’s lead to one point before the Bulldogs closed with a 10-5 run to take a 41-35 lead at halftime.

Zach Collins’ putback gave Gonzaga a 58-46 lead midway through the second.

A technical foul on Gonzaga helped BYU cut its deficit to 58-53, and seemed to spark the Cougars. A pair of three-pointers by Nick Emery cut Gonzaga’s lead to one, and Mika’s basket gave the Cougars their first lead at 61-60.

The teams traded baskets until Mika put the Cougars ahead for good.

Source : usatoday

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