Friday January 15th, 2016

BYU knocked off No. 25 Gonzaga on the road on Thursday night when a block by Cougars forward Nate Austin sealed a 69–68 win.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 13 points with 12 minutes remaining before BYU rallied. Senior guard Kyle Collinsworth led the charge, scoring 13 of the Cougars’ next 18 points before Chase Fischer tied the game on a layup, was fouled and put BYU ahead on the ensuing free throw.

The teams then traded points before both went cold in the final minute, until Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer was fouled with eight seconds to play and BYU up two. Wiltjer made the front end but missed the second free throw, but when Collinsworth grabbed the rebound in the lane he was called for traveling as he fell to the ground with the ball.

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That gave Gonzaga a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but Wiltjer’s game-tying layup attempt was swatted away by Austin in the paint.

After reviewing the play, officials determined there were 0.9 seconds remaining and that Austin was fouled while chasing down the ball he blocked. He missed the first attempt of a one-and-one, but Wiltjer’s full-court desperation heave fell short. 

Wiltjer led all scorers with 35 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds, his second 30-point, 10-rebound effort in his last three games. Collinsworth finished with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists to lead BYU, and Fischer scored 18.

The loss is the Bulldogs’ first in WCC play (5–1) and drops them to 13–4 overall. The Cougars improved to 13–5 overall and 4–1 in the WCC.

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