Back with my game story from Gonzaga's 88-43 victory over LMU tonight. Gary Bell Jr. and Kelly Olynyk each had 15 points and Drew Barham and Sam Dower each had 13 as GU improved to 20-2, 7-0 in the WCC.
My unedited game story is below.
I'll have a day-after post up in the a.m.
LOS ANGELES – There are many things that worry Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few. Gary Bell Jr. isn’t one of them.
The sophomore guard’s 3-point shooting percentage had slipped to 32.5 percent, but he heard the same message from coaches and teammates: Keep shooting.
Bell made five 3-pointers in a 6-minute, 25-second span in the first half as No. 7 Gonzaga destroyed overmatched Loyola Marymount 88-43 on Thursday night at Gersten Pavilion, which had pretty much emptied by late in the second half, save for a few hundred Zag followers, from the near sellout of 3,952 on hand for the opening tip. It was GU’s most lopsided win over the Lions since a 103-56 drubbing in 2000.
“The coaches told me to stay aggressive, don’t turn down any open 3s,” said
“I knew it was going to come. I’ve been coming in with coach (Ray) Giacoletti shooting Monday, Wednesday and Friday before practice, trying to keep my stroke tight.”
There was a stack of positives from this one – adhesive defense (LMU shot 25 percent), dominating rebounding (GU 46-31), blistering perimeter shooting (13 of 21 3s), solid bench play (47 points) and no second-half letdown (42-25). But the return of
“It was nice,” Few said. “No, I don’t worry about him. Every time he shoots it I think it’s going in. Whether he’s making them or not, it doesn’t change how hard he plays and his dedication to the defensive end.”
The Bulldogs (20-2, 7-0 WCC) had a 10-point lead with barely 5 minutes gone – and that was before
LMU (8-13, 1-7) came out in man-to-man defense but quickly shifted to a zone. The Lions stubbornly stayed in zone, despite
“That was interesting,” said David Stockton, one of six Zags to connect from long distance. “Maybe they thought
Gonzaga substituted early and often. Nine Bulldogs scored, led by
Barham, who made four of five 3-pointers, and Sam Dower each had 13 points. The Bulldogs made a season-high 13 3s (on 21 attempts).
“It’s awesome, especially for keeping guys fresh and it’s great for guys to get in and get experience because we’re going to need those guys down the stretch,” Olynyk said. “Drew is becoming a huge factor. He’s been doing it all year to us in practice.”
LMU point guard Anthony Ireland, second in the WCC in scoring at 20 per game, had few open looks in the first half. He scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half.
The Bulldogs, after a couple of spotty second-half performances with big leads, didn’t let up in the final 20 minutes.
“We came out flat in the second half against