I had to file right after the final buzzer to meet early New Year's Eve deadlines (9:40!), so I'll go ahead and post the unedited version below before I hit the locker room.
It took a couple minutes for the Gonzaga Bulldogs to warm up offensively. Once they did, they put on a passing and shooting clinic in the first half.
The Bulldogs made nearly 67 percent of their shots, including 9 of 13 3-pointers, to put
The Bulldogs (10-3) won their second straight after a disappointing 76-41 loss to Duke on Dec. 19th.
The game was delayed for nearly 50 minutes early in the second half when
In a 2001 game at the Arena, Gonzaga’s Casey Calvary, who was in attendance Thursday, shattered a backboard 11 minutes into the second half against
Prior to the delay Thursday, Gonzaga’s offense pretty much exploded for the final 17 minutes, 30 seconds of the first half. After committing three turnovers and missing two shots to open the game, the Bulldogs scored on six straight possessions to quickly move in front 15-7. They didn’t cool off, even when
Elias Harris (13 points), Bol Kong (11) and Matt Bouldin (10) all reached double figures before halftime. The trio made 13 of 15 shots. Harris, whose mother was visiting from
Gonzaga led 22-10 after Harris drove the baseline and finished with a two-handed jam. Three-pointers from Harris and Bouldin hiked GU’s lead to 14 before
The Bulldogs rattled off 15 points over the final 2:53 to take a commanding 52-34 lead at intermission. Among the highlights was Kelly Olynyk’s wrap-around pass that led to a three-point play by Manny Arop, a Kong 3-pointer after some terrific passing left Oklahoma defenders scurrying to cover up open Bulldogs before the ball went Kong near the top of the key. Kong capped the late run with a long 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
The Sooners (8-5) struggled defensively, but they were efficient at the offensive end, hitting 50 percent of their shots and making eight 3-pointers.
Just to demonstrate that the delay didn’t stall Gonzaga’s offensive roll, Kong connected on a 24-foot 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired on the Bulldogs’ first possession.
Steven Gray led five Zags in double figures with 18 points. Harris had 15, Kong 14, Bouldin 12 and Sacre added 11.
The Bulldogs face a quick turnaround before facing