Scott G Winterton,
Brigham Young Cougars forward Yoeli Childs (23) and Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) battle for position as BYU and Gonzaga play in an NCAA basketball game in the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

PROVO — BYU was able to hang with No. 6 Gonzaga for a half, but the Zags had their way with the Cougars in the second half. Gonzaga beat BYU 79-65 and clinched the regular-season WCC title at the Marriott Center on Saturday.

Turning point: The Cougars were behind by just two before Perkins hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left in the half. Then the second half started and the five-point lead ballooned to 13 at the 14:13 mark, and the Zags never looked back.

The hero: Josh Perkins. The hero could have been any one of Gonzaga's starting five plus sixth man Rui Hachimura. However, Perkins gets the nod with a stuffed stats sheet, including 14 points, six rebounds, seven assists and two steals. He went 4 of 6 from behind the arc.

3 keys:

•Simply put, Gonzaga hit 55.4 percent of its shots from the field and BYU hit only 38.6 percent. That's the ballgame right there. • All five of Gonzaga's starters plus Hachimura on the bench scored double-digit points on the Cougars. Beating a team with this much balance is hard for any team to do. • Yoeli Childs and Elijah Bryant did what they could to keep BYU in this game with a combined 35 points, but they didn't get enough help as Jashire Hardnett had a hot start and then struggled with foul trouble and nobody else reached the double-digit mark.

BYU almanac: 22-8, 11-7 West Coast Conference, Lost 1

Tournament picture: The Cougars finish No. 3 in the WCC headed into the conference tournament

Next up:

Saturday March 3 vs. San Diego (17-12) at the WCC Tournament in Los Vegas, 1 p.m.