Josh Perkins scored 20 points and Gonzaga went on a 11-0 run to start the overtime period, avoiding North Dakota’s upset bid with a 89-83 victory Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
After having no players hit double figures in scoring for most of regulation, all five Gonzaga starters finished with at least 10 points. Zach Norvell Jr. added 19 for the Bulldogs (9-2), while also pulling down seven free throws.
Gonzaga came out of the gate slowly against the defending Big Sky champion Fighting Hawks (4-7), struggling to hit shots from anywhere on the court, turning the ball over and not getting to the foul line.
Down by 12 midway through the second half, the Bulldogs broke off a 13-0 run to take the lead, before North Dakota answered back with a run of its own to put the Zags back behind.
After rallying in the final minutes to take a three-point lead, Gonzaga’s Johnathan Williams missed the back end of a pair of free throws. North Dakota’s Geno Crandall made the Bulldogs’ big man pay at the other end with a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
Crandall led all players with 28 points, while teammate Cortez Seales added 23 on 11 of 15 shooting.
Gonzaga will host IUPUI at 6 p.m. Monday (KHQ) before traveling to San Diego State on Thursday.
A Geno Crandall 3-pointer with two seconds remaining ties the game and sends us to overtime. Second time this season (Florida) that missed free throws from Gonzaga has extended a game.
Huge minute there for the Bulldogs.
A huge 3-pointer from Norvell helps get things moving back in Gonzaga’s direction as Few takes a timeout. Norvell now at 10 points, while Perkins leads the team with 12 points.
Seales still leading all players with 20 points for the Fighting Hawks.
Josh Perkins having an off night for the Zags, who are still shooting under 40 percent, while ND is above 50 percent.
Gonzaga up to 14 turnovers, while outrebounding the Fighting Hawks 31-22 – including 12 offensive boards.
Another tough break here for the Zags as Johnathan Williams is called for a flagrant foul after elbowing ND’s Conner Avants. A huge 3-pointer going into the media break from Josh Perkins stops the bleeding for the Bulldogs.
Rui Hachimura up to eight points off the bench for the Bulldogs, while Tillie is up to six after returning from the bench after being injured.
Williams leads all Gonzaga players with nine points, but has also turned the ball over five times.
Three North Dakota players now into double figures with Seales (14), Dale Jones (11) and Marlon Stewart (10) the top scorers in the game.
Tillie also forced to the bench for Gonzaga after being injured on an offensive foul.
Halftime – North Dakota 34, Gonzaga 30: Eye-opening first 20 minutes to say the least for Gonzaga. Turnovers, poor shooting and inability to get to the line have hurt the Bulldogs against a hungry North Dakota team.
Despite playing a less-than-stellar half, Gonzaga is still right in the mix with the Fighting Hawks. Tillie and Williams lead Gonzaga with six points apiece, while Seales leads all players with 14 for North Dakota.
Gonzaga finishes the half with 11 turnovers and a 41 shooting percentage. The Bulldogs also did not have a free throw attempt.
3:29 – North Dakota 26, Gonzaga 24: Most of the scoring for Gonzaga going through Tillie and Williams at the moment.
Back-to-back turnovers by Norvell are followed up by his first 3-pointer of the game – only the second make from deep so far for the Bulldogs.
A bigger concern for the Bulldogs is the lack of getting to the free throw line. Gonzaga has yet yet to have a FT attempt.
Gonzaga has also turned the ball over 10 times compared to North Dakota’s seven.
7:54 – North Dakota 18, Gonzaga 15: Gonzaga going a nice job on the boards and forcing turnovers, it just can’t get a shot to fall.
Plenty of bench action so far from the Zags, as coach Mark Few has already played nine players looking for the right combination.
Seales the first player into double figures at 10 points. Gonzaga still led by Tillie’s four points.
11:15 – North Dakota 14, Gonzaga 13: Bulldogs starting to hit some shots after an ice-cold start to the game.
Gonzaga still shooting under 40 percent from the field, while North Dakota is hitting at a 50 percent clip.
ND’s Cortez Seales leads all players with eight points on 4 of 5 shooting.
15:32 – Gonzaga 6, North Dakota 5: Sloppy in the early going for both North Dakota and Gonzaga as the two teams have combined for six turnovers.
Bulldogs doing a great job in the man defense though, forcing the Hawks into some awkward looks on offense.
Zach Norvell Jr. gets his fourth straight start, but is quickly pulled for Corey Kispert after missing his first two shots.
Killian Tillie leads Gonzaga with four points.
Gonzaga announces starting five
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