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Emery Laughs Off Viral Cross-Up Against Gonzaga

Feb 26, 2019, 4:06 PM | Updated: 4:13 pm
Brigham Young Cougars guard Nick Emery dribbles down the court during NCAA basketball against the P...
Brigham Young Cougars guard Nick Emery dribbles down the court during NCAA basketball against the Pacific Tigers in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)
(Ravell Call, Deseret News)

SPOKANE, Wash. – BYU guard Nick Emery went viral for all the wrong reasons during the Cougars’ recent loss to Gonzaga.

The No. 6-ranked Bulldogs won by 34 over BYU and to add insult to injury, Emery was on the receiving end of an ankle-breaking crossover by Gonzaga’s Geno Crandall.

It was the worst loss for BYU in the Dave Rose-era and made it impossible for the Cougars to extend Rose’s 13-year long stretch winning at least 20 regular season games.

Emery finished the game with 9 points, but it was a play on the defensive end of the court that caught the attention of the nation’s highlight reels. To be clear, it was not a highlight featuring a strong defensive play by Emery.

The crossover was quickly distributed all over social media, putting Emery’s miscalculation on defense on the national stage. Crandall’s crossover gave him enough space to drive in the lane for an open lay-up to put Gonzaga up 71-53 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Emery, to his credit, took the viral moment in stride.

The Cougars will play in their regular season finale against San Diego on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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