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Villanova hands Gonzaga most lopsided defeat since 2014 loss to Arizona

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie (33) battles for a rebound against Villanova forward Eric Paschall (4) and forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in New York. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)
Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie (33) battles for a rebound against Villanova forward Eric Paschall (4) and forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in New York. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)

NEW YORK – It’s been a while since Gonzaga has absorbed a more lopsided defeat than Villanova’s 88-72 victory at Madison Square Garden.

Tuesday’s loss was the Zags’ worst since they fell to Arizona 84-61 in the second round of 2014 NCAA Tournament in San Diego.

Gonzaga’s two losses last season came by a total of 14 points and both were decided in the last two minutes. The Zags’ eight losses in 2016 were all by nine points or less.

Gonzaga’s last double-digit defeat came to Duke 66-52 in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils closed the contest on a 13-1 run.

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