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BYU upends No. 20 Saint Mary's in WCC semifinals

LAS VEGAS (AP) Yoeli Childs and BYU saved their best game of the season for the right time.

Childs scored a career-high 33 points and the Cougars shot 61 percent from the field to beat No. 22 Saint Mary's 85-72 in Monday's West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals.

''It was a real good win for us,'' BYU coach Dave Rose said. ''Tonight, they were on it. They shared the ball, made big shots, executed well. It was a well-played game on both sides.''

The Cougars (24-9) now face No. 7 and top-seeded Gonzaga (29-4) in the championship game Tuesday night as they go for their first WCC Tournament title.

''Our reward is Gonzaga,'' Rose said. ''We played them a week before and we look forward to it. We'll start thinking about when we get back to the hotel.''

Childs was 13 of 18 from the field, including hitting all three 3-point attempts. He also had six rebounds.

''The ball was popping around for us (tonight),'' Childs said. ''We just gave each other energy. We had the mentality to win.''

Elijah Bryant added 25 points for the Cougars, going 8 of 13 from the field and making all eight free-throw attempts.

Jordan Ford led Saint Mary's (28-5) with 27 points and six rebounds.

''The biggest problem was at the defensive end,'' said Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett, whose team shot 50 percent from the field. ''We usually hold them to 40-41 percent (from the field). We gave up 61. We gave them 10 points on hustle plays. When you play good teams at this stage of the season, you can't give teams easy baskets.''

The Gaels' Jock Landale, who fouled out with 21 seconds left, had 23 points but only four rebounds. Landale committed his third foul with 1:49 left before halftime and fourth with 8:39 left in the game.

''Every loss, I've been in foul trouble,'' Landale said. ''I've got to stop making silly plays.''

CONTRIBUTING COUGARS

TJ Haws had 11 points, while Dalton Nixon had 10 points and six rebounds for the Cougars, who will be making their first tournament final appearance in three years. Gonzaga beat BYU twice in the regular season and has won five straight WCC Tournament titles.

NO SERIOUS LATE RUN

After the Cougars led 41-37 at intermission, they expanded their lead to 67-54 with 7:35 left. Saint Mary's cut it to 71-65 with 3:24 left, but the Cougars' hot shooting helped them pulled away in the final three minutes.

Calvin Hermanson had 12 points for Saint Mary's.

TIP-INS

BYU: The Cougars likely will have to win Tuesday in order to get an NCAA Tournament bid. ... The Cougars reached the WCC final 2014 and 2015. Both Childs and Bryant each now have 13 20-plus point games. ... This is the first time in 10 years the No. 1 and 2 seeds will not face off in the final game.

Saint Mary's: This is the first time in three years the Gaels will not be in the WCC final as they struggled in Las Vegas, even having to rally from five points down to beat 10th-seeded Pepperdine (6-26) in the quarterfinals. ... The Gaels are now 11-12 in WCC Tournament semifinal games. They had won five straight against the Cougars coming into Monday night.

UP NEXT

BYU: The Cougars play in final against Gonzaga Tuesday night.

Saint Mary's: The Gaels are expected to receive a NCAA Tournament bid.

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Key Players
E. Bryant
3 G
E. Naar
3 G
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
10.5 Pts. Per Game 10.5
7.9 Ast. Per Game 7.9
2.3 Reb. Per Game 2.3
45.6 Field Goal % 49.2
39.3 Three Point % 40.7
85.3 Free Throw % 85.3
  Defensive rebound by Brigham Young 14.0
  Emmett Naar missed 3-pt. jump shot 16.0
+ 1 Yoeli Childs made 2nd of 2 free throws 31.0
+ 1 Yoeli Childs made 1st of 2 free throws 21.0
  Personal foul on Jock Landale 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Brigham Young 18.0
  Tanner Krebs missed 3-pt. jump shot 20.0
  Offensive rebound by Jock Landale 26.0
  Jordan Ford missed driving layup 28.0
+ 1 Elijah Bryant made 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
+ 1 Elijah Bryant made 1st of 2 free throws 37.0
Team Stats
Points 85 72
Field Goals 33-54 (61.1%) 28-56 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 5-11 (45.5%) 8-26 (30.8%)
Free Throws 14-16 (87.5%) 8-10 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 24 27
Offensive 4 9
Defensive 18 18
Team 2 0
Assists 20 11
Steals 7 2
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 6 10
Fouls 16 17
Technicals 0 0
33 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
27 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Brigham Young 24-9 414485
home team logo 20 Saint Mary's 28-5 373572
Team Stats
away team logo Brigham Young 24-9 74.3 PPG 35.4 RPG 15.2 APG
home team logo 20 Saint Mary's 28-5 77.0 PPG 35.8 RPG 15.5 APG
Key Players
23
Y. Childs F 17.8 PPG 8.6 RPG 2.2 APG 54.1 FG%
30
J. Ford G 11.1 PPG 2.7 RPG 1.6 APG 50.8 FG%
Top Scorers
Y. Childs F 33 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
J. Ford G 27 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
61.1 FG% 50.0
45.5 3PT FG% 30.8
87.5 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Y. Childs 39 33 6 1 2 2 2 2 13/18 3/3 4/4 1 5
E. Bryant 40 25 5 1 1 0 2 1 8/13 1/2 8/8 1 4
T. Haws 40 11 2 7 1 0 0 1 5/8 1/3 0/0 0 2
J. Hardnett 21 4 2 3 1 0 1 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 2
L. Worthington 10 2 1 2 1 0 0 4 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Y. Childs 39 33 6 1 2 2 2 2 13/18 3/3 4/4 1 5
E. Bryant 40 25 5 1 1 0 2 1 8/13 1/2 8/8 1 4
T. Haws 40 11 2 7 1 0 0 1 5/8 1/3 0/0 0 2
J. Hardnett 21 4 2 3 1 0 1 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 2
L. Worthington 10 2 1 2 1 0 0 4 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Nixon 23 10 6 4 1 0 1 3 4/8 0/2 2/4 2 4
Z. Seljaas 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Cannon 19 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Andrus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Shaw - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dastrup - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bergersen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Troy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 85 22 20 7 2 6 16 33/54 5/11 14/16 4 18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Ford 40 27 6 1 0 0 1 1 10/18 4/8 3/4 3 3
J. Landale 34 23 4 0 0 1 3 5 9/13 1/2 4/4 3 1
C. Hermanson 32 12 4 2 0 0 1 5 4/11 3/9 1/2 1 3
E. Naar 38 2 3 7 1 0 2 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 3
T. Krebs 20 2 4 0 1 0 0 1 1/5 0/4 0/0 2 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Ford 40 27 6 1 0 0 1 1 10/18 4/8 3/4 3 3
J. Landale 34 23 4 0 0 1 3 5 9/13 1/2 4/4 3 1
C. Hermanson 32 12 4 2 0 0 1 5 4/11 3/9 1/2 1 3
E. Naar 38 2 3 7 1 0 2 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 3
T. Krebs 20 2 4 0 1 0 0 1 1/5 0/4 0/0 2 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Hunter 6 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 1
E. Fitzner 25 2 5 1 0 1 2 0 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 5
C. Neal 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
E. Thomas 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheets - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Kuhse - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Perry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Zoriks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 72 27 11 2 2 10 17 28/56 8/26 8/10 9 18