GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Gonzaga 95, Northwestern State 57

SPOKANE, Wash. - Corey Kispert scored 27 points and No. 1 Gonzaga beat Northwestern State of Louisiana 95-57.

Anton Watson scored 15 points for Gonzaga (5-0), while Jalen Suggs added 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Carvell Teasett scored 16 points and Jairus Roberson 12 for Northwestern State (1-8), which is picked to finish near the bottom of the Southland Conference.

Kispert made 10 of 13 shots and added seven rebounds in the first meeting between the teams.

They outrebounded the Demons 46-22 and outscored them 50-22 in the paint.

Kispert hit three 3-pointers in the first eight minutes as Gonzaga jumped to a 19-5 lead.

The Demons countered with an 8-0 run to cut Gonzaga's lead to 19-13.

Gonzaga led 43-30 at halftime behind 15 points by Kispert. Northwestern State hung around despite shooting just 35% in the first. Teasett had 10 points for the Demons in the first.

Gonzaga built a 53-33 lead in the opening minutes of the second half behind six points by Kispert. The lead reached 30 points with eight minutes left in the game.

December 21, 2020