BYU Men's Basketball Senior Night Upset of Gonzaga
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Out of the Blue

Exclamation Points

The final dunk on senior night is by center Yoeli Childs on Feb. 22, 2020.
Photo by Nate Edwards

Yoeli B. Childs (’20) bends the rim on his last dunk in the Marriott Center—punctuating BYU’s 91–78 senior-night takedown of No. 2 Gonzaga. It was a fitting final bucket, the result of an unselfish pass from guard Connor J. Harding (’22).

Boosted by the raucous roar of 18,987 fans, the Cougars halted the Zag’s 19-game winning streak with Jimmer-range threes, free-flowing team play, and stifling defense. As the horn sounded and fight song played, the exultant student section exploded onto the floor.

While this final home game was a high point, everyone expected more. Analysts predicted this team was tourney-worthy, perhaps a single-digit seed. But then news of March sadness broke, slamming players and fans: no post-season NCAA Tournament.

The 16th-ranked Cougars (24-8) ended the season as the best three-point shooting team (42.3 percent) in the nation, third in shooting percentage (50), and seventh in offensive efficiency.