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Difference makers: Julian Strawther, Chet Holmgren lead Gonzaga to easy win over Alcorn State


Julian Strawther heated up early, hitting 3 of 4 2-point attempts and 3 of 4 3-point attempts while scoring 15 points in the opening half. The 6-foot-7 sophomore wing, limited to five points in Saturday’s win over Texas, regained his shooting stroke to finish 7 of 9 from the field en route to a career-high 18 points.


Chet Holmgren wasn’t at the top of his game against Texas, but he bounced back with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal against the Braves. He made 4 of 6 field-goal attempts, including 1 of 2 on 3-pointers. He played just 25 minutes.


The outcome was never in doubt, but the Zags used a 13-2 spurt midway through the first half, capped by Chet Holmgren’s blocked shot and 3-pointer at the offensive end that put Gonzaga on top 27-8. Julian Strawther started the run with a 3-pointer and freshman guard Hunter Sallis added four points.