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Key matchups: Gonzaga mindful of Bengals’ 3-point shooter Jared Stutzman

Gonzaga guard Silas Melson shoots over Utah Valley guard Jared Stutzman in a 2016 game. Stutzman transferred to Idaho State and averaged 14.9 points per game last season. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Silas Melson shoots over Utah Valley guard Jared Stutzman in a 2016 game. Stutzman transferred to Idaho State and averaged 14.9 points per game last season. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

One of the Zags’ primary goals defensively will be containing Idaho State’s 3-point shooters, led by 6-foot-6 guard/forward Jared Stutzman.

The junior from Idaho Falls hit 52 percent from distance last season. He played at Utah Valley as a freshman and faced Gonzaga in a game two seasons ago.

The Zags have two options in their projected starting lineup: 6-6 Corey Kispert or 6-5 Zach Norvell Jr. Both have the size and strength to match up with the 200-pound Stutzman.

Another possibility is 6-3 Geno Crandall, who came off the bench to open the Central Washington game but was in the starting five for the second half. Crandall, who had three steals, will likely see time on Stutzman or 6-1 guard Brandon Boyd, who made 44 3-pointers on 33.8 percent accuracy last season. Crandall is familiar with Stutzman and Boyd from his playing days at North Dakota.

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