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The BYU Cougars put together their best performance of the season in stunning the No. 1 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs 79-71 at The Kennel on Saturday night.

Eric Mika led the way for the Cougars with 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor, including a 19-foot jumper with 66 seconds remaining to break a 71-71 tie. He also chipped in with 11 rebounds and two blocks as the Cougars won their third straight game at the McCarthy Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington.

TJ Haws added 17 points on the strength of a 5-of-9 shooting night from 3-point range while Elijah Bryant contributed 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals as BYU improved to 21-10 on the season.

Nigel Williams-Goss paced the Bulldogs with 17 points, while Johnathan Williams chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds in their first defeat of the season.


Why the Cougars won

BYU made big play after big play on offense and defense in the closing minutes. The Cougars scored the last 10 points of the night, including huge baskets from Bryant, Mika and Corbin Kaufusi. They also got stops on the defense end as they forced three Gonzaga turnovers in the Bulldogs’ final four possessions.


The turning point

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It has been an up-and-down season for many players with local ties. There have been plenty of injuries that caused players to miss significant time while others struggled to find consistent minutes.

There have also been some positives, as Delon Wright is finally back on the floor, Joel Bolomboy made the D-League all-star game and Damian Lillard is still a scoring machine.

Here is a look at how players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League recently.


David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Although his minutes have been limited, Foster has been a solid rim protector for the D-Fenders with at least one block in 12 of the last 13 games. One of his best games came in a 138-129 win over the Salt Lake Stars, when he recorded six points on 3 for 4 shooting from the field. He added three blocks and two rebounds in 12 minutes.

In 20 games, he is averaging 2.8 points on 49.1 percent shooting with 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 11 minutes.

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Jimmer Fredette returned to Shanghai in time to carry the Sharks to a massive 107-99 overtime win over the Shenzhen Leopards to square the best-of-5 series at one game apiece.

After a tough shooting night, Fredette got the magic going in the closing seconds of regulation as he split two defenders and got to the rim with 2.2 seconds left in regulation for the difficult lay-up to give the Sharks a 92-90 lead. Jeremy Pargo answered for the Leopards at the buzzer with the would be game winner with the off-balance shot from the 3-point line. Pargo sprinted down the floor and up the tunnel in celebration, but upon a lengthy review (we’re talking like 10 minutes where the refs looked at the monitor at the scorers table, the playback on one of the video cameras filming the game and even a cell phone or two), it was clear that his foot was on the line, making it a game tying shot.

Following the long delay, Pargo got the Leopards on the board first in the extra session with a step-back baseline jumper, but Zhang ZhaoXu answered with the 3-point play to give the Sharks the lead. After a defense stop, Fredette took over as he scored eight straight points to bring home the win. He started it out with a left-wing three off the dribble to push the Sharks’ lead to 98-94. He added another three from the right side just seconds later to give Shanghai a 7-point cushion.¬†After another defensive stop, he hit a running floater from just inside the foul line to extend the lead to 103-94 before the Sharks closed out the game at the foul line.

All told, Fredette finished the night with a game-high 39 points on 14 for 39 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 17 from beyond the arc and 7 for 8 from the foul line. He also contributed 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 44:04.

Guerschon Yabusele added 27 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the field, including 3 for 6 from distance with 10 rebounds and three assists. Liu XiaoYu also came up big in the win with 21 points – including four clutch free throws down the stretch – while adding nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Gu QuAn paced the Leopards in the tough loss with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Li Muhao managed 22 points on 9 for 13 shooting from the floor while grabbing 12 rebounds.

Pargo chipped in with 22 points on 9 for 22 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals while Maciej Lampe recorded a double-double as he finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

The Sharks and the Leopards are back in Shanghai on Wednesday night for game 3.