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Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss returns from injury to pick up more bumps, bruises

Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss returned Thursday from an injury sustained during last week’s BYU game. (Jeff Swinger / Associated Press)
Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss returned Thursday from an injury sustained during last week’s BYU game. (Jeff Swinger / Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES – First, Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss was knocked to the court on a hard foul by LMU’s Shamar Johnson. It was ruled a flagrant foul after the officials reviewed the videotape.

A few minutes later, Trevor Manuel bit on a Williams-Goss’ pump fake and he landed high on the junior guard’s back. Williams-Goss went to the free-throw line, rubbing his neck. He promptly drained both foul shots.

“Really physical,” said Williams-Goss, who logged 27 minutes during the Bulldogs’ 90-60 win over Loyola Marymount. “Coach told us it was going to be a war. We had to come with our hard hats on. That was a team that played for 40 minutes but I’m proud of our guys for keeping their composure.”

Williams-Goss didn’t play in Saturday’s win over Santa Clara because of a sore ankle. He added a couple of more bumps and bruises against the Lions.

“Banged up, obviously,” Williams-Goss said. “But super excited for Saturday (a showdown with second-place Saint Mary’s). Really looking forward to that.”

“Kills was good, he just had some silly fouls,” coach Mark Few said. “He’s got to quit doing those silly fouls. He probably could have had 20 points if he could have stayed out on the floor.”

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