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There was nothing easy, nothing routine about Kent State’s trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Gonzaga has won 10 games this season. The 10th was unlike any of the previous nine.
If you missed the Gonzaga game Saturday night and only caught the score later, you might be surprised to learn it was a battle. Or, as Richard Fox called it on the KHQ broadcast, “a fist fight.” After all, the final score was 61-43 in Gonzaga’s favor, the Zags’ 10th win in as many games this season. Doesn’t sound all that tight.
Redshirt sophomore Jeremy Jones made his first appearance in a Gonzaga uniform
Saturday’s 61-43 win over Akron ended like any other game.
Two former teammates were reunited Saturday night when Akron faced off against undefeated Gonzaga at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 61-43 win over Akron on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
The key matchup to watch when the Gonzaga Bulldogs host the Akron Zips on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.
The only previous meeting between Gonzaga and Akron was in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
AKRON, Ohio – Palming a basketball in each hand, Zeke Marshall’s arms are outstretched across the entire face of a building next to the bustling student union. Akron’s 7-foot center towers above campus. On a huge billboard overlooking the soccer field now covered in several inches of wind-drifted snow, Marshall’s gigantic image – his eyes fixed straight ahead, his face showing a nothing-but- business scowl – is accompanied by the slogan for this year’s basketball team: “Think Bigger.”
Toledo Rockets men’s basketball coach Gene Cross thought his team had Akron beat in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament. But Akron’s Anthony “Humpty” Hitchens took a pass in the corner and hit a 3-pointer to tie it with 1.3 seconds left and force overtime. Akron won 93-92 on Brett McKnight’s bucket from close range with 0.5 seconds remaining in the extra session.