The Gonzaga-Duke game drew 2.8 million viewers on ESPN, with a peak audience of 3.1 million, making it the most watched regular-season college basketball game on any network since March 9, 2019, according to ESPN.
It's no longer standing in downtown Seattle, at least not in its original form, but KeyArena is still tied to some of the most important moments of Gonzaga's golden era and far more than just a footnote in the Bulldogs' history books.
Time after time Gonzaga has thumped seemingly overmatched non-conference opponents through the years at the McCarthey Athletic Center. But not every time. There are several examples of an upstart underdog throwing a big scare into the Bulldogs, even against some of the program’s best teams.
Kaden Perry was helped off the court during pregame warmups and Gonzaga's freshman forward was officially ruled out of Monday's game against Tarleton State with back spasms, a school official told The Spokesman-Review prior to tipoff.
The third-ranked Zags were lethargic from the opening tip, turning it twice and missing a layup and two free throws before scoring. It didn’t get much better for the third-ranked Zags until the final 5 minutes when they finally opened up a little breathing room and held off the scrappy Texans 64-55 in front of 6,000 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Montre Gipson has become a steady scorer for the Texans, who have struggled offensively at times. The team averages just 56.5 points, but the 5-foot-11 senior guard has scored in double figures in all six games, including season highs of 19 points against No. 3 Kansas and 17 points vs. No. 20 Michigan.