Drew Tim Scored 25 points, Galen Suggs He had 24 and Corey Kaisbert He added 23 when the No. 1 seed Gonzaga pulled out of Kansas No. 6 for a 102-90 win on Thursday at the opening of the men’s basketball season for both teams.
The Bulldogs built a two-digit lead in the first half at Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off and then saw the Jayhawks tie the match twice in the second half before being knocked out. Gonzaga went on a 7-22 run to climb 96-78.
Sugs, who had a bad problem in the first half, scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half.
As the Gonzaga advanced 29-15, Kansas made several rounds to narrow the lead to five. However, Kispert got heated up and kept the Jayhawks at bay. Gonzaga led 54-46 in the half.
The bulldog showed great balance. While they outperformed the Kansas 30-14 in the paint, they made 5 of 10 three-pointers. They also shot 68% of their first half shots (21 of 31).
With the win, Mark scored a few Gonzaga wins in his 724th game, becoming the third fastest coach to score 600 wins in Division One history behind Adolf Robb (704) and Jerry Tarkanyan (720), according to ESPN statistics and information. .
Three non-athletes from Gonzaga have been quarantined in their hotel rooms after one of them tested positive for COVID-19.
Event officials said 112 tests were carried out and no player from any of the four participating teams tested positive. Auburn and St. Joseph also participate in the event.
The Big Picture
The way these teams have played each other, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Gonzaga and Kansas meet again late in the NCAA Championship, perhaps in Final Four.
The Bulldogs are deep and look like they can play in defense as well as any of the Few teams. They can register from home and abroad.
Kansas never gives up. Not many teams in the country can enter a 14-point hole in front of the country’s first team and back to connect. However, the Jayhawks couldn’t recover from Gonzaga’s second attack.
Gonzaga, who plays four mornings without conventions in West Coast time, including the top 10 matches with Baylor and Iowa, will play Auburn at 11 am ET on Friday.
Kansas, which also has a challenging schedule for no-conferences including Kentucky and Creole, will play St.Joseph on Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.