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The third-ranked Zags bullied another smaller WCC frontcourt, pushing around San Diego in a 79-43 blowout Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
Things to do while you’re waiting for the Gonzaga Bulldogs to climb to No. 1 in the polls next week – or while you’re working up outrage if they don’t:
Here’s a stat you don’t see every day: Midway through the second half, Gonzaga had a 42-4 advantage in points in the paint.
It’s a long way to go back into the memory banks, but maybe, just maybe, UCLA fans of the late 1960s and early 1970s know this feeling. The feeling that comes with utter domination. There is no other word to use, at least following
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 79-43 win over San Diego on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
It wasn’t just another basketball game for San Diego’s Brett Bailey. Thursday night was Bailey’s last game in the McCarthey Athletic Center, and the last time he’ll take the court in his hometown.
It was a two-man battle at the Kennel for the most points scored in eight minutes. Gonzaga’s top dog won. Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss outscored Olin Carter, San Diego’s top shooter of the night, in the first eight minutes of the Zags’ 79-43 rout of the Toreros on Thursday.
Gonzaga limited visiting San Diego to just seven field goals in the second half of its 79-43 win on Thursday.
Gonzaga senior guard Jordan Mathews doesn’t mind the Zags’ busy schedule one bit. The Zags will finish out a five-game, 10-day stretch when they visit Pepperdine on Saturday. A rescheduled game against Portland on Monday made for a three-game week for Gonzaga.
Gonzaga freshman forward Killian Tillie watched from the bench with the sprained ankle he suffered against Portland on Monday.
The race was on early. Would Nigel Williams-Goss set his career high for points? Would Przemek Karnowski improve on his career high for assists? Would Johnathan Williams establish a season best rebounding effort?
Gonzaga plays San Diego at home on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.
Spokesman-Review Zags beat reporter Jim Meehan and columnist John Blanchette break down Gonzaga's 36-point win over visiting San Diego on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.
Is it a slam-dunk Gonzaga will be ranked No. 1 when the polls are released Monday? Nope. Is it an open 5-footer on the low block that the Zags are on track to move into the top spot? Probably. That seems to be the consensus nationally, though opinions vary wildly.
Gonzaga-San Diego key matchups
Gonzaga has a winning percentage over 75–percent against the San Diego Toreros, and looks to win their 21st game of the season on Thursday night.