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Difference makers: Holmgren, Strawther’s impact performances lead Gonzaga past Dixie State

Nov. 9, 2021 Updated Mon., Nov. 15, 2021 at 3:37 p.m.


Chet Holmgren’s debut was a memorable one. The 7-foot freshman had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. He added seven blocks – equaling Przemek Karnowski for the most since Mark Few became head coach in the 1999-2000 season – and six assists.

Sophomore wing Julian Strawther posted his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-7 Strawther had a big second half with 13 points. He finished 6 of 11 from the field and 4 of 5 at the free-throw line.


Dixie State trimmed Gonzaga’s lead to 10 with 14:05 remaining before the Zags finally delivered the knockout blow. GU rattled off 11 unanswered points in less than two minutes to build a 60-39 lead. Julian Strawther had seven points and an assist in the run. He was whistled for a technical foul after a dunk for slapping the backboard.

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