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Gonzaga-Iowa State: 3 keys to GU’s 73-71 win

Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who scored a team-high 18 points Sunday, dribbles between Iowa State guards Nazareth Mitrou-Long, left and Donovan Jackson during the second half. (Willie J. Allen Jr. / AP)

Key moment

Freshman Zach Collins was clutch when the Zags were in hang-on mode and not much was working on the offense end.

Collins scored GU’s last six points, including a 3-pointer with 5:36 remaining to bump GU’s lead to six, a pair of free throws with 3:30 left and another free throw with 14.6 remaining.

Offensive Player of the Game

Junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss was named tournament MVP after scoring 18 points to go with four rebounds and four assists. He was 4 of 4 on 3-pointers in the first half and finished 6 of 8. He had 40 points, 15 boards and 15 assists in the three tournament games.

Defensive Player of the Game

The Zags played quite a bit of zone but when they were in man-to-man Josh Perkins was pretty solid on Iowa State’s Monte Morris, a preseason All-American. Morris scored 14 points but shot below under 50 percent from the field (6 of 16) and on 3s (1 of 4). Morris did contribute nine assists.