Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren rejects a shot by BYU forward Caleb Lohner on Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. 

Gonzaga could point to any number of tactical changes that were made to slow down BYU’s offense in the second half, but a strong halftime message from Mark Few seemed to be effective as anything else as the Bulldogs waited for their normally sound defense to match a dynamic, high-scoring offense.

“Coach coming in and lighting a stick up under us,” said junior forward Drew Timme when asked how the Zags improved on the defensive end of the floor to create separation from the Cougars in a 110-84 blowout at McCarthey Athletic Center. “We also hold ourselves to a certain standard and they were hot in the first half, they were hitting a bunch of 3s.”

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