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Gonzaga's David Stockton, center, drives to the basket as Brigham Young's Tyler Haws, left, defends as teammate Anson Winder (20) looks on in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
BYU basketball: Cougars beat No. 25 Gonzaga, 73-65

It was BYU’s first win over Gonzaga in the team’s last 6 meetings.

First Published Feb 20 2014 08:05 pm • Last Updated Feb 21 2014 01:11 pm

Provo • Maybe BYU coach Dave Rose should change his starting lineup more often.

At least that tactic helped the Cougars finally beat West Coast Conference kingpin Gonzaga on Thursday night.

At a glance

BYU 73, Gonzaga 65

Anson Winder goes 10 for 10 from the free-throw line and finishes with a game-high 17 points

Winder and Josh Sharp start for the Cougars as coach Dave Rose changes his starting lineup for the first time in 11 games

Eric Mika scores 13 points and grabs eight rebounds off the bench

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With Anson Winder making just his third start of the season, and foul-prone freshman Eric Mika coming off the bench, Winder scored a game-high 17 points and Mika added 13 points and eight rebounds as BYU downed Gonzaga 73-65 in front of 19,136 fans at the Marriott Center.

A 65-percent free-throw shooter entering the game, Winder went 10 of 10 from the line.

"Ans was terrific tonight. That’s a big lift for us, for all our guys," Rose said.

BYU improved to 11-5 in league play, 19-10 overall, and stayed in second place in the West Coast Conference with the win. The No. 25-ranked Zags fell to 13-2 and 23-5. It was BYU’s first win over Gonzaga in the last six meetings.

"The feeling is unreal," Winder said.

Rose said he decided to start Winder instead of Skyler Halford for defensive reasons, mostly, and got the idea on the flight home Saturday from Moraga, Calif., after BYU beat Saint Mary’s 60-57. He started Josh Sharp inside instead of Mika so Sharp would absorb the early fouls, instead of the mercurial freshman.

With Winder hounding Gonzaga sharpshooter Kevin Pangos during stretches and BYU’s zone as good as it’s been all season, in Rose’s opinion, the Bulldogs were just 4 of 18 from the 3-point line. The Zags were 10 of 22 from beyond the arc in their 84-69 win last month in Spokane.

"The emphasis in practice was guard the 3-point line, whatever you do, guard the 3-point line," Winder said.

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The Cougars did it despite an off night from Tyler Haws, the fourth-leading scorer in the country. Haws had just 12 points on 5 of 12 shooting. He reached double figures for the 42nd straight game, tied for sixth-longest in school history with Jimmer Fredette.

Still, he made the shot of the game, a running 3-pointer that beat the halftime buzzer and sent the teams into the locker rooms tied at 39. The momentum carried into the second half and the Cougars scored the first six points to go up by six.

Haws played only 13 minutes in the first half, due to having two fouls, but Rose put him back in with a few minutes left to give the Cougars a spark.

"He created a nice little shot at the end of the half and that gave us a big lift going into halftime," Rose said.

The Cougars never trailed in the second half, but couldn’t pull away, either.

Matt Carlino’s driving layup with 7:42 left gave BYU a 60-54 lead and got the crowd on its feet. He finished with 15 points and six assists in 31 minutes as starting point guard Kyle Collinsworth struggled, playing on a gimpy right knee.

The Cougars led by four or more the rest of the way.

Winder’s free throws with 42 seconds remaining clinched it.

"I think it feels really good for our guys" to snap Gonzaga’s winning streak against them, Rose said. " … Hopefully we can use this as a springboard."

Sam Dower Jr. had 10 points at halftime to lead the Zags, who were just 1 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half. He finished with a team-high 14 but was also saddled by foul problems and played just 20 minutes.

The Cougars made their first four shots and jumped to a 9-3 lead. But Gonzaga put together a 10-2 run to go up 13-11.

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