Gonzaga had been struggling on offense all night and only led by three with 8 minutes remaining in the game. At the 8-minute mark, Jordan Mathews drained a 3-pointer to ignite the team and crowd. Following the 3-pointer, Akron’s Jimond Ivey had a chance to get the three points back after being fouled on a 3-point shot, but he only made one. That was Akron’s only score in a 16-1 run by GU.
Offensive Player of the Game
On a night when the Bulldogs struggled on offense, Przemek Karnowski scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs. He was 5 for 12 on field goals and 4 for 4 on free throws. Nigel Williams-Goss was second on the team with 11 points.
Defensive Player of the Game
Przemek Karnowski pulled down six rebounds (four defensive) while being assigned to guard Akron’s tallest player, Isaiah Johnson (6-foot-10). He also contributed one steal and one block in Gonzaga’s 61-43 win over Akron.
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