Gonzaga ran off 11 unanswered points late in the first half to take a 33-24 lead at half against San Diego.
The Bulldogs trailed 18-17, not coincidentally after allowing USD two offensive rebounds that led to De’Jon Jackson’s basket with 7:30 left. That was USD’s seventh offensive board to that point, but the Bulldogs kept the Bulldogs off the glass and scoreboard until Roberto Mafra’s putback with 1:30 left. By then, Gonzaga had taken a 10-point lead.
Elias Harris (11 points) and Demetri Goodson (10) fueled the Zags’ offense. The two also combined for five of Gonzaga’s nine assists.GU made 13 of 23 shots (56.5 percent), including 3 of 4 3-pointers. The Bulldogs were highly efficient when they weren’t committing turnovers — seven in the half.
Jackson led USD with eight points. The Toreros made just 11 of 30 shots (36.7 percent).
(Strange to see the Jenny Craig Pavilion with so many empty seats, but it’s probably twice as full compared to the 2,553 that watched San Diego lose to Portland on Thursday. The students don’t return to classes until Jan. 25th).
Back with an update at the final buzzer.