GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Gonzaga 80, Merrimack 55

(AP Photo/Young Kwak)

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - Drew Timme scored 22 points, making all eight of his shots, and No. 5 Gonzaga beat cold-shooting Merrimack 80-55.

Freshman center Chet Holmgren had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Julian Strawther added 15 points for Gonzaga (8-2), which has won 57 consecutive home games - the longest streak in the nation and a program record.

Jordan Minor scored 17 points and Ziggy Reid had 16 for Merrimack (4-7), which is in the third season of its transition to Division I and was playing a ranked opponent for the first time.

The scrappy Warriors kept it close during the first half.

Gonzaga went on an 11-3 run late to take a 38-24 lead, but Malik Edmead hit a long jumper at the buzzer to cut it to 42-31 at halftime.

Timme led the Zags with 20 points in the first half. Gonzaga shot 54% in the first, despite missing all six of its 3-point attempts, compared to 39% for the Warriors. Gonzaga kept the lead by making 14 of 16 free throws in the first half, compared to 5 of 6 for Merrimack.

Holmgren had a 3-pointer and a stuff and Strawther added a 3 as the Zags scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 50-31 lead.

Holmgren and Strawther each hit a 3 and the Warriors missed nine straight shots as the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 62-36 with 12 minutes left.

Merrimack was undone by 32% shooting and was outrebounded 56-20.


Merrimack
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
Z. Reid F 35 5-15 2-2 4-9 1-2 2 0 3 0 1 16
J. Minor F 26 7-19 3-4 0-3 3-7 0 0 2 1 4 17
M. Watkins G 35 4-11 0-0 0-2 1-7 4 0 1 5 2 8
M. Edmead G 25 2-6 3-4 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 8
J. McKoy G 24 0-4 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 3 1 2 0
M. Derring   20 0-3 0-0 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Jensen   18 1-3 0-0 1-3 0-0 0 0 1 1 3 3
J. Connolly   13 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 3
J. Berry III   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Hall   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Isaacson   1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Miller   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   202 20-63
(.317)
9-11
(.818)
6-25
(.240)
7-20 8 0 12 8 16 55


Gonzaga
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Timme F 27 8-8 6-9 0-0 1-7 0 0 0 4 1 22
C. Holmgren C 26 6-12 1-2 2-4 6-15 3 4 0 4 2 15
A. Nembhard G 29 1-3 0-0 0-2 0-3 2 0 1 1 1 2
R. Bolton G 26 2-9 2-2 0-5 1-7 3 0 1 4 1 6
J. Strawther G 17 6-10 1-1 2-6 0-2 2 0 1 0 2 15
A. Watson   24 3-6 3-4 0-0 5-10 5 0 3 1 1 9
N. Hickman   22 0-5 2-2 0-4 0-2 1 0 0 2 0 2
H. Sallis   22 3-4 0-0 0-0 3-6 0 0 0 1 0 6
M. Arlauskas   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Gregg   2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
M. Lang   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
J. Few   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0
W. Graves   1 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Totals   201 30-59
(.508)
15-20
(.750)
5-22
(.227)
18-56 17 4 6 17 10 80
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