It’s tough not to pick Gonzaga’s blazing start. The Zags opened with 3-pointers by Josh Perkins, Silas Melson and Zach Norvell to put SMC in a 9-2 hole. That set the tone as GU led by 17 just seven minutes into the game.
Offensive player of the game
Sophomore forward Rui Hachimura torched the Gaels for the second time this season. He poured in 21 points, mostly on the low block against overmatched defenders, on 10-of-14 shooting. Hachimura also scored 23 points in the first meeting.
Defensive player of the game
Senior forward Johnathan Williams and company silenced center Jock Landale. GU double-teams frustrated the big man, who scored just four points on 2-of-4 shooting. He had four assists, but the Gaels couldn’t consistently make the Zags pay when Landale drew two defenders. Landale also had three turnovers.