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Junior forward Drew Timme demonstrated a large range of skills during the second half of the game against the Cougars.

The Gonzaga University men’s basketball team defeated Brigham Young University, 110-84, on Saturday night in The Kennel.

The Zags previously defeated Pepperdine, 117-83, with both freshman center Chet Holmgren and junior forward Drew Timme leading the Zags with 18 apiece. The Cougars came into the Kennel coming off their own win, defeating Saint Mary's College, 52-43, last Saturday. 

Three-point shooting and game-planning: 

One of the biggest takeaways from this game was the three-point shot for the Zags as they were lights out from distance especially in the first half. As BYU was daring the Zags to shoot when doubling in the post as the game plan for the Cougars was definitely to contain Timme and Holmgren.

But thanks to guard play and stretch-five ability of Holmgren, the Zags were able to exploit the contain. As the Zags were shooting 6-9 from three thanks to sophomore guard Julian Strawther 11:20 who made 3 of the Zags 6 threes. 8-13 at the 5:21 mark thanks to Holmgren. 

Making 10 threes in the first half which was the most made threes in the first half for the season and shot their best percentage the half as they went 10-of-15 from three 66.7%. Despite only making one in the second half, it shows that the Zags aren't able to get points in the paint that the three-ball is still an option and therefore makes opponents not dare to leave a shooter open which in turn opens up the offense. 

Guard play: 

As mentioned before, the plan from the Cougars at the get-go was to contain Player of the Year favorite Time and top freshman center Holmgren from the paint, but thanks to adjustments from head coach Mark Few and guards such as  senior Andrew Nembhard and Julian Strawther, the Cougars couldn’t play that aggressively. 11 points from Nembhard and 14 from Stawher combined to 25 for the Zags 31 points in 10-minute mark. 

“We have guys playing well together and making shots,” Few said. “You know, they're doing everything that we're asking them to do.”

Nembhard would finish the game with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting while handing 12 assists and making two threes. 

“Andrew is such an unbelievable passer.” Few said. “He’s more than capable of being a scorer”

Strawther would finish with 20 points while making 7-of-10 shots from the field and making 3-of-5 three-pointers. 

Drew Timme’s repertoire of skills: 

Despite the contain that BYU showed the Zags were able to score 7 points in the 16-minute mark as the Cougars were softer on their zone defense. Therefore allowing Time to do what he does best. 

The first half as mentioned before was quiet for him as he scored 12 points in the first half. 

But in the second half, BYU’s defensive plan had changed and therefore Time was able to dominate in the second half. As he scored more points in the second half than he did in the first and actually outscored himself in only 8 minutes in the second with a quick 13 points. 

While helping the Zags secure the largest lead of the game at the time, 87-62, at the 12-minute mark. Timme also showcased his impressive passing skills as he hit junior forward Anton Watson on a nice behind-the-back pass that led to an easy layup. 

Timme would finish the game with 30 points on 13-of-14 shooting from the field while making all four of his free throws. 

“It’s fortunate that we have a guy like that who can block, score in the short post and in the mid-range.” Few said. “His skills are just an incredible asset to have and that is why is one of the best college players out there right now.” 

Next up: The Zags will look to continue their winning ways on Saturday afternoon against Santa Clara. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.

Daniel Fortin is a staff writer.