Gonzaga 83, BYU 63By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Fri, Jan 25, 2013 1:40 AM EST
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points and Elias Harris added 25 to lead 10th-ranked Gonzaga to an 83-63 victory over Brigham Young in a key West Coast Conference game Thursday night. The victory kept the Bulldogs (18-2, 5-0 WCC) in first place. BYU (15-6, 5-2) slipped to third, behind Saint Mary's. Olynyk sank all nine of his field-goal attempts and all eight of his free throws. Harris went 8 for 11 from the field and 9 for 13 at the line. Harris had 10 rebounds, one more than Olynyk. Brandon Davies and Josh Sharp led BYU with 14 points apiece. BYU star Tyler Haws went 0 for 9 from the field and scored one point. Gonzaga shot 56.9 percent from the field, compared to 35.6 percent for the Cougars. BYU struggled to get into the flow offensively, in the first half in particular, and was dominated in the paint. Kevin Pangos had 12 points and three steals for Gonzaga. BYU's Matt Carlino had 11 points and four steals. Gonzaga led 40-21 at halftime. Olynyk and Harris outscored Haws and Davies 28-2 in the first 20 minutes. The Bulldogs pounded the ball inside against the smaller Cougars, and Olynyk and Harris both scored 14 points in the first half. Olynyk sank all four of his field-goal attempts and all six of his free throws. Harris went 6 for 8 from the field and 2 for 4 at the free-throw line. Haws, the WCC scoring leader coming into the game, went scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting. Davis was 1 for 5. NOTES: Haws started the day ranked seventh in the nation with 21.6 points per game. ... Gonzaga was second in the nation in field-goal shooting percentage at 51.2, trailing only Creighton (51.5). ... Gonzaga was eighth in scoring (79.4) and BYU was 16th (78.3). ... ESPN.com ranks Olynyk 62nd and Haws 130th among prospects for the 2013 NBA draft. Olynyk is a redshirt junior forward, Haws a sophomore wing. ... Thursday was National Gonzaga Day. The school is celebrating its 125th anniversary this school year. ... The standard sellout crowd of 6,000 turned out at Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center. The crowd included dozens of GU students who took turns camping out in tents in freezing or near-freezing weather the past few days so they could get prime seats.
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