The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 104-67 win over Texas Southern on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
Before the start of Gonzaga’s 104-67 blowout of Texas Southern in front of the usual 6,000 at the McCarthey Athletic Center, Greg Heister and the SWX broadcast crew took turns praising the Tigers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam Dowd’s dream of playing on a Division I basketball team was one of the only constants in a tumultuous upbringing.