Hell god damn yes.
Gonzaga did just enough to roll into Provo, Utah and steal one away from BYU on the road, 71-68, to ensure that they have a piece of the WCC crown.
It is the little victories for this season. And for once, Gonzaga, in a hostile environment, took every single gut punch that was thrown their way and were able to tough out a victory.
Kyle Wiltjer led the Zags with 21 points. Sabonis turned in a solid 15 point, 14 rebound effort, and Silas Melson continued his strong play with 13 points off the bench.
Let's just focus on the positives here, because this is the game we have been waiting for Gonzaga to win. The Zags controlled the pace for the majority of the game and were able to respond to every slight burst that BYU churned out. Gonzaga held BYU to 32.8 percent shooting from the floor and limited the team to 31.3 percent from beyond the arc.
They did it with a lot of drama in the end of the game. But at the end of the day, Gonzaga weathered the storm and clinched its own destiny.
That, in itself, is the biggest statement of the night, and tonight is what everyone needed to see from the Zags, including the team itself. In a season that has been marred by leads given up in the second half and tough losses around, the Zags rolled into one of the most hostile arenas in the WCC and gave two middle fingers on the way out.
Positive energy is coursing through my veins y'all. This game was hard fought and hard won. Kyle Collinsworth, Chase Fischer and Nick Emery gave their best shot and the Zags prevailed. This, at the end of the day, is the team we all hoped existed in Spokane. And for once, we get to watch a HBO special that will have a positive ending.
Gonzaga now heads into the WCC Tournament with its own destiny in hand. They are the second seed at best, or the first if Saint Mary's loses. Most importantly, they took a piece of the WCC regular season crown and showed, finally, that they can roll in this big boy college arena.
Gang, for once this season, I am incredibly stoked. Gonzaga played in an amazingly entertaining game and I'm not trying to explain the reasons that they lost.
I love basketball. Go Zags