BYU vs. Gonzaga: Score and Twitter Reaction from Cougars’ Upset Win

Over the past month, the third-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs have flirted with disaster on a few different occasions before ultimately pulling through in the end and remaining perfect in conference play. On Saturday night, their luck ran out.

The BYU Cougars picked up their biggest win of the season, upsetting the Zags 73-70 on the road. The Cougars’ victory snaps the longest home-court winning streak in the country, which reached 41 games, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Last week, Gonzaga was down by nine points to Saint Mary’s with a little under seven minutes left in the game. The Bulldogs then went on a massive offensive run, winning by 10 points. The scoring dried up for the Gaels, and they wilted in crunch time.

The Cougars had no such collapse.

Gonzaga made it interesting late, getting to within three points, 69-66, with 50 seconds to play, but BYU did a great job of eating time off the clock on its next possession. Kyle Collinsworth grabbed his own missed shot and scored inside with 17 seconds left.

Kyle Dranginis made it a three-point game again, knocking down two free throws at the other end of the court. Then, Tyler Haws missed two from the line for BYU, which came as a shock since he’s an 88.6 percent free-throw shooter this year:

After grabbing the defensive rebound, Eric McClellan could’ve potentially tied the game with a three-pointer, but Frank Bartley IV fouled him near half court to wipe out the chance for a three. After making the first, McClellan needed to miss the second. Instead, his shot found the bottom of the net, all but dooming the Bulldogs to defeat.

Zach Bloxham found Haws’ and McClellan’s opposite fortunes at the foul line rather ironic:

Although he fouled out with a few seconds remaining in the second half, Collinsworth spearheaded the upset, leading all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting. He added eight rebounds to his all-around impressive performance.

On the other side, Kyle Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos really struggled, shooting a combined 5-of-23 and scoring 12 points. As Rick Bozich of WDRB in Louisville noted, Wiltjer played little down the stretch in the critical moments:

College Basketball Talk’s Rob Dauster joked that his half-court heave at the buzzer was his best three-point attempt all night:

The defeat will almost certainly cost Gonzaga a chance to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Even if the Bulldogs win out, they’re unlikely to get the kind of win that would vault them back into that position again.

For BYU, the importance of this win can’t be understated. In his most recent “Bubble Watch,” ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan wrote that the Cougars still needed to impress the selection committee to book a place in the NCAA tournament.

Beating the No. 3 team in the country away from home is a major statement. CBS Sports Network’s Jon Rothstein doesn’t think BYU is a lock for the Big Dance but is building up its resume:

The Cougars might still have some work left, but an at-large bid is undoubtedly well within reach after Saturday.

York leads No. 7 Arizona past No. 13 Utah, 63-57 (Yahoo Sports)

Arizona forward Brandon Ashley (21) dunks as Utah center Dallin Bachynski (31) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Arizona won 63-57. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Gabe York scored five of his 12 points in the final 2 minutes as No. 7 Arizona scored the last eight points to rally past No. 13 Utah 63-57 on Saturday night. York then drew Jakob Poeltl’s fifth foul and made one free throw and then rebounded his miss on the second attempt and put it in to give the Wildcats a 58-57 lead with 1:39 to play. Hollis-Jefferson, who had 10 points, made 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute and York hit two more to clinch the Wildcats’ 13th straight win over Utah (22-6, 12-4 Pac-12). Kaleb Taczewski led Arizona (26-3, 14-2) with 13 points while Stanley Johnson had 12 points and 11 rebounds.


China PMI shows factory activity shrank again in February

An employee works at a logistic center in HuaibeiBy Pete Sweeney SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Hours after China's central bank cut interest rates to battle slowing growth and rising deflationary risk, an official survey showed on Sunday that activity in China's factory sector contracted for a second straight month in February. The new reading ended a four-month streak of declining numbers, and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the rise should be viewed more positively as it occurred despite the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, during which PMI usually contracts. Accounting for 48 percent of China's $10.2 trillion economy last year, the services sector has weathered the growth downturn better than factories have, partly because it depends less on foreign demand. MIXED NEWS IS BAD NEWS From the breakdown of factory data, economic performance is uncertain.


Brock Lesnar Appears Cageside with Dana White at UFC 184

 It’s no secret that Brock Lesnar‘s deal with WWE is nearing an end, and MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer reported that he and Vince McMahon don’t appear close on completing an extension. Should Lesnar and WWE part ways, a return to UFC wouldn’t be out of the question for the former heavyweight champion.

Lesnar fanned the flames by making an appearance at UFC 184 on Saturday night. Dave Sholler, UFC’s vice president of public relations, snapped a photo of Lesnar talking with UFC president Dana White:

“I don’t know [why he's here,]” said White regarding the reason for Lesnar’s presence, per Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole.

Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reported that the 37-year-old is a guest of Lorenzo Fertitta.

Lesnar fought seven times in UFC, compiling a 4-3 record. His last bout came in December 2011, which was a defeat to Alistair Overeem.

Lesnar is scheduled to defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31, which takes place on March 29. It’s doubtful that UFC would announce any sort of contract with him before that, in the event the two sides reach an agreement.

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