Gonzaga Beats BYU Despite Thousands of Fans on Floor
Provo, UT -- The Gonzaga Bulldogs rallied from behind to beat BYU in the Marriott Center last night despite thousands of BYU students being on the floor for the last 50 seconds of the game.
With just under a minute left in the contest, BYU had a four point lead over the Bulldogs and the ball in their possession. It was at this point that students from the R.O.C. (Roar of Cougar) student section, started pouring out onto the floor to celebrate the upset.
"I'd never seen anything like it," said Gonzaga's Coach Mark Few. "Crazy things happen on the road in the WCC, and we know how raucous BYU's students are so I was just yelling to our guys to play through the adversity."
Bulldogs' senior leader Drew Timme wasn't going to let the R.O.C. deter him from getting another win in Provo.
"It was crazy, but I just told our guys to push through," said Timme. "BYU went from running a typical 2-3 zone look to a 2-3,417 zone that we hadn't seen all year. But we just trusted in our offense to get us a good shot."
Gonzaga's Julian Strawther hit a clutch three pointer with 11 seconds left in the game to win the game for the Bulldogs.
BYU defender, Jaxon Robinson was frustrated with the Cougars' defensive effort.
"I went under the screen because I assumed the three fans that were at the top of the key would have closed out harder on the shooter, but they didn't," Robinson said. "The kid in the green body suit just ran right past him. Just bad team defense, but we'll get it fixed."
BYU falls to 3-2 in the WCC and will play Pepperdine at home on Saturday.
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