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Repeat after Mark Few: When the Zags take care of the ball, they’re pretty potent offensively. See Friday’s second half against Florida. When the Zags don’t take care of the ball, they struggle at the offensive end. See Friday’s first half.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few knew Friday night’s game in Orlando against Florida would be the Zags’ sternest test of the season to this point. And it was the same for their fans watching the AdvoCare Invitational semifinal at home in Spokane. It wasn’t just the contest, a 77-72 Gonzaga win after the Bulldogs trailed by five at halftime. It was also the homespun nature of the ESPNU broadcast.
One could make a case for Silas Melson or Josh Perkins but we’ll go with Josh Perkins.
Junior guard Silas Melson drained a 3-pointer to give the Zags their first lead with 8:42 remaining.
Florida is Gonzaga’s assignment in the AdvoCare Invitational semifinals but it could pass for a March matchup.
The Zags have some fine-tuning to do with their half-court offense but they’re still averaging 88 points per game. They scored 82 points despite making just 43.5 percent from the field and enduring a chilly night beyond the 3-point line against Quinnipiac.