The No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the Pacific Tigers 82-50 on Saturday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Here are the three keys to the Zags’ win:
After struggling to create distance from Pacific in the first, Gonzaga came back from halftime and immediately went on a 14-2 run that stretched its lead to 41-27. The run started with a 3-point play by Jordan Mathews and was followed by Johnathan Williams’ couple of makes and a layup by Przemek Karnowski. Mathews ended the run with a big 3.
Offensive player of the game
Jordan Mathews lit up the court with a game-high 22 points. The senior guard was 63.6 percent from the field (7 of 11), including four 3s, and made all four of his attempts at the line.
Defensive player of the game
Przemek Karnowski held Anthony Townes, one of Pacific’s top shooters, to only two points in 21 minutes. He challenged a majority of the shots at the rim and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
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