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Mr. Perfect: Olynyk doesn't miss as Gonzaga rebounds
Spokane, WA (Sports Network) - Kelly Olynyk did not miss a shot and finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists, as No. 10 Gonzaga cruised to an 83-63 wire-to-wire victory over BYU in a battle of the top two teams in the West Coast Conference.
Gonzaga (18-2, 5-0 WCC) emphatically rebounded from a last-second loss at Butler last weekend by shooting 57 percent from the floor.
Olynyk played a big part in the onslaught by hitting all nine of his field goal attempts and going 8-for-8 from the foul line. Elias Harris chipped in 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Kevin Pangos added 12 points in the win.
BYU's Tyler Haws, the leading scorer in the conference at 21.6 points per game coming in, went 0-for-9 from the field and scored just one point. Brandon Davies and Josh Sharp each netted 14 for the Cougars (15-6, 5-2), who have lost two of their last three following a six-game winning streak.
"We did a great job on Haws and Davies," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "Our guys did a very nice job on the glass against a very physical team."
The Cougars shot 26 percent (8-of-31) from the field, including a 1-for-10 effort from behind the arc, in a one-sided first half. Their leading scorers, Haws and Davies, were held to two points on 1-of-11 shooting.
With the Cougars' biggest threats struggling, the Bulldogs were able to build an early lead that ballooned to 22 following a late 12-0 run. Pangos hit from long range during the stretch, and two Olynyk free throws made it a 36-14 contest with just over two minutes to go before the break.
Frustrations started to boil late in the half as Sharp was whistled for a technical foul after getting tied up with Olynyk down low.
Gonzaga held a comfortable 40-21 lead at halftime, and the closest it got in the second half was 12 after Haws' only point -- on a 1-of-2 trip to the foul line -- made it a 64-52 game with 7 1/2 minutes to play.
Olynyk made consecutive baskets in the lane to push the margin back to 16, and the seven-footer capped his perfect night on a deep jumper with just over a minute to play.
Olynyk entered the game fourth in the country in field goal percentage at 65.7 percent ... Haws had scored 20-plus points in seven consecutive games ... Gonzaga had a 37-29 rebounding edge ... BYU fell to 3-3 in true road games.
01/25 02:32:55 ET
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