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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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Athlon Sports ranked the best football-basketball coaching duos in the Pac-12 for 2017 and Utah came in at No.1.

Talking about the duo of Kyle Whittingham and Larry Krystkowiak, Athlon Sports wrote, “After a relatively rough transition from the Mountain West to the Pac-12, the Utah football program has averaged 9.3 wins over the last three seasons and is 16–11 in league play over that stretch. Krystkowiak has done a masterful job rebuilding the Utah basketball program. The Utes went 13–5 in the Pac-12 in each of the last two full seasons and could be headed back to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight year with a strong finish.”

Oregon came in second place, followed by Colorado, UCLA and Arizona.


Jamaal Williams breaks down game film

BYU running back Jamaal Williams was featured in the 100th episode of the RSP Film Room with Matt Waldman.

During the video, Waldman and Williams go through game film and break down what kind of player Williams is as a blocker and a runner while getting an in-depth look at what Williams sees on the field.

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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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