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Idaho falls short of first Big Sky win in 83-78 overtime loss to Northern Arizona

With a miniscule margin of error against a dynamic scorer, Idaho was on task and gritty enough to methodically reduce an 11-point second half deficit and take a short-lived lead, 70-67, against Northern Arizona when Scott Blakney blocked the Lumberjacks’ Cameron Shelton’s drive, the Vandals recovered the loose ball, and Ja’Vary Christmas buried a three from the right corner.

Gonzaga rewind: Blowouts give younger Zags extended playing time

Gonzaga’s string of five straight blowouts, including a 112-67 rout of Dixie State on Tuesday and an 88-58 win over Northern Arizona on Monday, resulted in extended minutes for numerous players that had been seeing limited court time. Those minutes are valuable for reserves and the coaching staff, who can monitor the practice progression of players in game situations.

Analysis: Joel Ayayi sets tone as Gonzaga crushes Northern Arizona, 88-58

Gonzaga’s offense has been led primarily by Corey Kispert, Drew Timme and Jalen Suggs, but there’s plenty of room for others to put up big numbers. It was Joel Ayayi’s turn Monday. The junior guard, coming off games with zero, six and eight points, scored nine points in the first three minutes against overmatched Northern Arizona.

Highlights: Gonzaga 88, Northern Arizona 58

Joel Ayayi had 17 points and 10 rebounds and No. 1 Gonzaga got points from 11 players in a 88-58 win against Northern Arizona on Monday night at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.

No. 1 Gonzaga making its points, regardless of opponent

Bennett sounded much like West Virginia’s Bob Huggins and Kansas’ Bill Self describing how the Zags had pierced their defenses. Those three are among the most accomplished and respected coaches, especially defensively, in college basketball. Bennett noted that his current squad hasn’t been very good defensively through six games, but he summarized the assortment of challenges Gonzaga presents.