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Recap and highlights: No. 1 Gonzaga dominates Pacific to remain unbeaten

Jan. 23, 2021 Updated Sat., Jan. 23, 2021 at 10:11 p.m.

Drew Timme scored 22 points, Jalen Suggs nearly had a triple-double and No. 1 Gonzaga made quick work of Pacific for a 95-49 victory Saturday night at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.

Suggs finished with nine points, a game-high 11 rebounds and eight assists. The freshman point guard played 30 minutes.

Corey Kispert added 16 points and Joel Ayayi had 12 for Gonzaga (15-0, 6-0 West Coast Conference).

Daniss Jenkins had 17 points to lead Pacific (5-3, 2-2).

The Tigers shot just 27.9% and made only 2 of 16 3-point attempts.

Gonzaga shot 49.2% and was 12 of 26 from 3.

The Zags jumped out to 26-5 lead behind 11 points from Timme less than 8 minutes into the game and didn’t look back.

Timme was 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.

Freshman Dominick Harris scored 11 points for Gonzaga. Andrew Nembhard had nine points and Anton Watson chipped-in eight.

Gonzaga next plays on Thursday at San Diego. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. PST.

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First half

15:49 – Gonzaga 10, Pacific 2: After a slow start, the Zags use an 8-0 run to take the lead over the Tigers.

Gonzaga missed five of its first six shots before connecting on its next three to charge the run.

Drew Timme leads GU with six points. The center made a 3-pointer and finished strong through contact on an old-fashioned 3-point play.

Pacific is 1 of 7 from the field and hasn’t scored in nearly 3 minutes. 

12:13 – Gonzaga 26, Pacific 5: Drew Timme has 11 points and Gonzaga leads the Tigers by 21 points less than 8 minutes into the game.

Timme is 4 of 4 from the field and the Zags are shooting 60%. They have made eight of their last nine shots, capped by a corner 3 from Andrew Nembhard which led to a Pacific timeout.

Pacific is just 2-of-14 shooting and has five turnovers.

Point guard Jalen Suggs has five assists and four points for the Zags.

8:15 – Gonzaga 34, Pacific 10: The Zags’ lead keeps growing as their defense continues to hound Pacific.

The Tigers are shooting 21.1% and haven’t made a 3-pointer. 

Drew Timme continues to lead Gonzaga with 11 points. Corey Kispert has eight points and a game-high five rebounds. Andrew Nembhard has six points on two made 3-pointers.

2:58 – Gonzaga 44, Pacific 19: Seven Bulldogs have scored as they lead the Tigers by 25.

Pacific just made its first 3-pointer of the game. The Tigers are 1 of 7 from deep.

Drew Timme has 13 points to pace the Zags. Andrew Nembhard has nine.

Gonzaga forward Anton Watson made a nice read to intercept a slack Pacific pass and take it the other way for a one-handed dunk.


Gonzaga 52, Pacific 21: Drew Timme has 14 points, point guard Jalen Suggs is filling up the stat sheet and the No. 1 Zags are making it look easy against the Tigers.

Suggs has nine points, six assists and six rebounds. The freshman from St. Paul, Minnesota only has one turnover.

The Zags have shot 52.9% from the field and are 7 of 15 from 3-point range.

Andrew Nembhard and Corey Kispert have each made two 3s. Nembhard has nine points. Kispert has eight points and a game-high seven rebounds 

Daniss Jenkins leads Pacific with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting. The Tigers have shot just 27.3% and have made only 1 of 8 3-point attempts. Jenkins has the made 3.

Pacific has more turnovers than made field goals (10 to 9).

The Zags jumped out to 26-5 lead less than 8 minutes into the game and haven’t looked back.

Anton Watson has six points for GU. Joel Ayayi has chipped in five.

One spot of trouble for the Zags: allowing offensive rebounds. Pacific has grabbed seven offensive boards, but has only turned them into four points.

Gonzaga has assisted on 10 of its 18 field goals.


Second half

17:48 – Gonzaga 55, Pacific 23: Another slow start to half as both teams have made just one shot each.

Pacific is 1-of-3 shooting this half. Gonzaga is 1 of 4.

Joel Ayayi made a 3-pointer for GU and has eight points.

14:57 – Gonzaga 67, Pacific 25: A 9-0 run for the Zags has them up 42 on the Tigers.

Jalen Suggs is on triple-double watch. The GU point guard has nine points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Drew Timme has 18 points to pace Gonzaga. Corey Kispert has scored 14 points and is 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

7:54 – Gonzaga 80, Pacific 34: Drew Timme’s 22 points lead the way as Gonzaga continues to dominate Pacific.

GU point guard Jalen Suggs has nine points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Corey Kispert has 16 points and Joel Ayayi has 12.

Pacific is led by Daniss Jenkin’s nine points. 

3:57 – Gonzaga 82, Pacific 42: The Zags have pulled their starters as they lead the Tigers by 40.

Gonzaga is now playing four freshman – Oumar Ballo, Julian Strawther, Ben Gregg and Dominick Harris – and grad-transfer Aaron Cook.

Jalen Suggs looks like his night is done with nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Starting 5


Individual leaders

Daniss Jenkins (Pac) 13.1 41.9 64.0
Corey Kispert (GU) 20.9 59.3 88.6
Jeremiah Bailey (Pac) 7.9 5.4 2.4
Joel Ayayi (GU) 7.7 5.9 1.9
Pierre Crockrell II (Pac) 3.3 1.4 22.4
Jalen Suggs (GU) 4.7 2.9 26.3

Team stats

  Pacific Gonzaga
Points 70.7 94.4
Points allowed 65.1 72.1
Field goal pct. 42.7 55.3
Rebounds 37.4 39.2
Assists 12.4 19.9
Blocks 3.9 3.0
Steals 6.9 8.4
Streak Lost 1 Won 14

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