The No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the Santa Clara Broncos 77-68 on Monday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Here are the three keys to the Zags’ win:
After Santa Clara pulled within five points of the Zags in the final two minutes of the game, Nigel Williams-Goss gave Gonzaga a boost by drilling a 3-pointer to strectch the GU lead to eight. On the next possession, Zach Collins found himself open beyone the arc and the freshman 7-footer didn’t hesitate when fed the ball, drilling a long 3 to put the Zags up 74-65 and seal the win.
Offensive player of the game
Williams-Goss led Gonzaga with 25 points and contributed to several key runs, including three straight makes at the rim in 10-0, first-half run that broke open a tie game.
Defensive player of the game
Przemek Karnowski pulled down six defensive rebounds (seven total) and had two blocks, including a big swat in the last few minutes that turned away a close-range shot from Santa Clara’s Jared Brownridge.