Brandon Clarke and Josh Perkins each finished with a double-doubles as No. 3 Gonzaga overcame early foul trouble to rout Texas Southern 104-67 on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
The weaknesses – inconsistent rebounding and some defensive lapses in the second half of Wednesday night’s game against Montana – are all relative. After all, the Zags won 76-52 in a game that wasn’t even that close.
The Tigers raced to an 18-point halftime lead and pushed it to 30 in their first home win over a ranked nonconference team in nearly 48 years.
Bol Bol’s double-double, his second for the Ducks, was capped by a spinning drive from the left wing that sent his defender sprawling and led to a rim-hanging, two-hand dunk for a technical foul.
Texas Southern coach Johnny Jones and several of his key players have toured some of the toughest venues in college basketball. The Tigers traditionally play a road-heavy, nonconference schedule stocked with premier programs. First-year head coach Jones is familiar with tough arenas across the country and particularly in the SEC after a five-year head coaching stint at LSU. Gonzaga and the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center present a unique challenge, Jones said.
Jalyn Patterson carried the Tigers down the stretch in a 72-69 comeback win over Baylor. The LSU transfer made five 3-pointers, two in the final minute, and had six assists.
The BYU men’s basketball program was placed on probation for two years and must vacate 47 wins under sanctions imposed Friday by the NCAA in an improper benefits case involving guard Nick Emery.
Texas Southern, a 20- to 25-point underdog according to oddsmakers, rallied from a 17-point deficit to knock off Baylor on the road. The upset made little noise nationally, but it resonated in Spokane.
The turning point Wednesday night at the Kennel came when Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier turned to her bench.
Geno Crandall considers himself a positive person, which came in handy during several of the most stressful months of his young life.
The Gonzaga-Texas Southern game on Saturday will be televised on SWX locally and ROOT Sports throughout the region.
If they’re going to sync the first night of college basketball with Election Tuesday, each dribble, pass and basket is going to be a referendum.
Rui Hachimura’s first shot was a successful elbow jumper 38 seconds into the game. He spent the rest of the night attacking the rim via a variety of power moves. He probably would have joined Gonzaga’s 40-point club had Idaho State kept the score reasonably close.
Opening night always includes a few glitches, and college basketball isn’t any different. Nor is the broadcast crew immune. But the bugs were rare enough in Gonzaga’s 120-79 season-opening win over visiting Idaho State as to be immaterial.
Eyassu Worku scored 18 points and UC Irvine used a second-half spurt to top Idaho 86-68 in the season opener for both teams on Tuesday.
Sam Dowd’s dream of playing on a Division I basketball team was one of the only constants in a tumultuous upbringing.
Noah Dickerson scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, Jaylen Nowell added 17, and No. 25 Washington rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Western Kentucky 73-55.
Quentin Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and Dedric Lawson added 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 1 Kansas past No. 10 Michigan State 92-87 in the season-opening Champions Classic on Tuesday night.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from 120-79 win over Idaho State on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
The good for Eastern Washington: The Eagles limited 16th-ranked Syracuse to 28 first-half points in Tuesday’s season opener at the Carrier Dome. The bad: scoring a meager 10 points. The ugly: Syracuse’s eventual 66-34 rout of EWU, the Eagles’ worst offensive output of the 2010s.
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