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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Brigham Young Cougars guard/forward Charles Abouo (1) and Brigham Young Cougars guard/forward Brock Zylstra (13) fight for a rebound Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Guy Landry Edi (10) in the West Coast Conference semifinals in Las Vegas Saturday, March 3, 2012.

LAS VEGAS — It's looking like BYU's run in its first West Coast Conference Tournament is about to end.

The No. 3 seeded Cougars got off to an atrocious start here tonight at the Orleans Arena, and they are getting hammered by No. 2 Gonzaga at halftime, 38-26.

The Bulldogs' Kevin Pangos nailed three 3-pointers in the game's opening four minutes to put the flustered Cougars in an early hole, 17-5.

And it got worse from there — as BYU trailed 30-12 with less than eight minutes left in the half.

At one point, coach Dave Rose was whistled for a technical foul, just the third of his career.

BYU is shooting just 32 percent from the floor, compared to 53 percent for Gonzaga.

Charles Abouo, who hit BYU's only 3-pointer of the first half, went to the locker room just before intermission with an injury.