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Recap and highlights: No. 1 Gonzaga remains unbeaten with win at Pacific

Drew Timme scored 21 points, Jalen Suggs had 19 and No. 1 Gonzaga fought off Pacific 76-58 Thursday night at the Spanos Center in Stockton, California.

Daniss Jenkins had 13 points to lead Pacific.

Pacific led by one at halftime and by as many as seven with 15:15 left.

The Tigers trailed by one with just under 10 minutes to play before the Bulldogs went on a 22-6 run to take a 73-56 lead with 3:30 left.

Corey Kispert added 14 points for Gonzaga (18-0, 9-0 WCC). The senior scored 12 points in the second half.

Timme also had a strong second half, scoring 15 points in the period. 

Suggs finished with team-high nine rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes.

Pierre Crockrell II had 12 points and six assists for the Tigers. Center Jordan Bell had 11 points and 10 rebounds, but fouled out after playing just 20 minutes. 

Backup center Nigel Shadd also fouled out for Pacific (5-5, 2-4).

Gonzaga took advantage of the Pacific foul trouble at the line. The Bulldogs made 22 of 29 free-throws.

Pacific shot 7 of 15 from the free-throw line.

Gonzaga plays next on Monday at BYU. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. PST in Provo, Utah. 

First half

15:51 – Pacific 9, Gonzaga 3: Bulldogs shooting just 25% as they trial the Tigers at the first media timeout.

Drew Timme has all three points for Gonzaga. The Zags have turned the ball over twice and made only one field goal.

Jordan Bell, Broc Finstuen and Daniss Jenkins each have three points for Pacific.

10:20 – Pacific 14, Gonzaga 11: Jordan Bell has seven points and seven rebounds for Pacific as the Tigers maintain the lead after answering a Gonzaga run.

The Bulldogs reeled off an 8-0 run to take an 11-9 lead, but haven’t score in the last 3:33.

The Bulldogs have more turnovers (6) than field goals made (4).

7:53 – Pacific 15, Gonzaga 15: Joel Ayayi has four points, all at the free-throw line, to lead the Bulldogs, who have weathered a poor shooting start to tie the game.

The Zags are 5 of 14 from the field and have made just 1 of their last 7 shot attempts. They are also 0 of 3 from 3-point range.

Pacific has gone over two minutes without scoring.

Backup guard Aaron Cook scooped up a loose ball and threw down a fastbreak dunk for Gonzaga to tie the game 15-15.


4:38 – Gonzaga 23, Pacific 19: Jalen Suggs breaks Gonzaga’s 0-for-5 start from 3-point range with a transition 3 from the wing and the Tigers take their first timeout. 

Suggs has six points and four rebounds to lead GU, which is still shooting just 35% from the field.

Jordan Bell has seven points and nine rebounds for Pacific. However the center has two fouls in 11 minutes.


Pacific 32, Gonzaga 31: Daniss Jackson has nine points to lead the Tigers to a 1-point halftime lead over the No. 1 Bulldogs.

Jalen Suggs has 11 points to lead Gonzaga, which is shooting 41.7% and just 2 of 8 from 3-point range. Suggs has both made 3s.

Gonzaga has turned the ball over six times and dished out only four assists.

Pacific holds the rebounding edge 18-13 with Tigers center Jordan Bell grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. He also has seven points but has committed two fouls.

Gonzaga center Drew Timme has six points and two rebounds. Joel Ayayi and Anton Watson have each added four points for the Zags.

Gonzaga’s leading scorer Corey Kispert (20.2 points per game) has been held to two points on 1-of-4 shooting. He has been called for two fouls. 

The Zags have stayed in this one at the free-throw line. Gonzaga is 9 of 13 from the stripe. Pacific has attempted just six free-throws, making three. 

Second half

15:51 – Pacific 40, Gonzaga 35: An 8-2 run for the Tigers gives them a 5-point lead and the Bulldogs take a timeout.

Jordan Bell has nine points and 10 rebounds for Pacific.

Gonzaga has three turnovers in the half. Two came from bad post entry passes by Joel Ayayi.

11:17 – Gonzaga 49, Pacific 47: Corey Kispert has nine points in the last two minutes and the Zags have surged into the lead.

Trailing 45-42, Kispert caught a pass in transition at the 3-point line, put up a shot fake that sent his nearest defender leaping into him, drew the foul and made the shot. He made the ensuing free throw and has 11 points in the game.

Drew Timme leads Gonzaga with 13 points.

7:32 – Gonzaga 59, Pacific 52: The Bulldogs seem to be hitting their stride on offense as they’ve made five of their last six shot and lead the Tigers by 7.

Drew Timme has 17 points to lead GU. Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert each have 13. Kispert has four fouls.

Pierre Crockrell II leads Pacific with 12 points. Center Jordan Bell has nine points and 10 rebounds with four fouls. After he picked up his fourth foul, coach Damon Stoudamire was called for a technical foul.

4:24 – Gonzaga 70, Pacific 54: A 19-4 run for the Bulldogs over the last 5:30 has GU up 16.

Gonzaga has made 9 of its last 10 shots to break the game open.

Drew Timme has 21 points to lead the Zags.

Starting 5


Individual leaders

Corey Kispert (GU) 20.2 57.7 90.0
Daniss Jenkins (UP) 13.6 41.7 66.7
Joel Ayayi (GU) 7.2 5.5 1.8
Jeremiah Bailey (UP) 7.1 5.1 2.0
Andrew Nembhard (GU) 4.6 1.1 27.2
Pierre Crockrell II (UP) 2.8 1.4 21.2

Team stats

  Gonzaga Pacific
Points 94.3 70.1
Points allowed 70.4 71.8
Field goal pct. 55.3 40.9
Rebounds 39.5 37.4
Assists 20.1 11.3
Blocks 3.1 3.8
Steals 8.5 6.6
Streak Won 17 Lost 3

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