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Gonzaga 87, Saint Mary's 65


(AP Photo/Young Kwak)

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - Corey Kispert scored 20 points, Joel Ayayi added 16 and top-ranked Gonzaga beat cold-shooting Saint Mary's 87-65 on Thursday night, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 25 games over the past two seasons.

Drew Timme scored 12 points to help Gonzaga (21-0, 12-0 West Coast) extend its home winning streak to 48 games. Fans were allowed at a Gonzaga home game for the first time this season and a few dozen family members of players were in the stands.

Judah Brown scored 16 points, and Logan Johnson had 13 for Saint Mary's (11-7, 2-5). The Gaels are typically one of Gonzaga's arch-rivals but are having a down season made worse by prolonged COVID-19 closures.

Gonzaga has won 18 consecutive games by double digits. That's the longest streak within a season by an Associated Press No. 1 team since UNLV won 19 games in a row by 10 or more in 1990-91.

Gonzaga never trailed, jumping to a 17-6 lead in the opening minutes.

The big blow was a 19-2 run late in the first that pushed their lead to 46-18.

The Zags led 51-24 at halftime, behind 14 points from Kispert and 11 from Ayayi.

The Gaels were hurt by 36% shooting in the first, including 1 of 11 from 3-point range, and 12 turnovers. Gonzaga shot a blistering 61% in the first and committed only four turnovers.

Andrew Nembhard had six points as Gonzaga opened the second half with a 10-0 run for a 61-24 lead to put the game out of reach.

February 18, 2021



Saint Mary's
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
L. Johnson 5-10 3-3 0-2 0-3 1 0 3 5 3 13
D. Fotu 2-5 2-2 1-4 1-6 1 1 1 0 1 7
T. Kuhse 2-4 0-0 0-0 1-2 4 0 0 2 2 4
K. Bowen 0-2 0-0 0-2 1-5 0 0 0 2 2 0
M. Tass 4-10 4-5 0-1 1-3 1 0 1 5 4 12
J. Brown 6-10 0-0 4-6 2-3 0 0 1 0 2 16
M. Saxen 5-7 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 2 1 2 1 10
A. Ducas 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-1 2 0 0 1 2 0
J. Mullins 1-5 0-0 1-4 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 3
Q. Clinton 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals 25-55
(.455)
9-10
(.900)
6-20
(.300)
9-27 9 3 7 18 20 65


Gonzaga
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Nembhard 4-7 1-1 1-2 0-2 5 1 1 1 1 10
J. Ayayi 6-8 0-0 4-5 2-6 2 0 0 2 2 16
C. Kispert 8-13 3-4 1-4 0-3 1 1 1 2 0 20
J. Suggs 3-6 2-2 0-0 0-2 5 0 1 2 2 8
D. Timme 5-7 2-2 0-0 1-4 0 0 1 2 3 12
A. Cook 1-3 1-2 1-1 0-0 1 0 2 1 1 4
A. Watson 3-4 2-4 0-0 0-4 0 1 0 0 2 8
D. Harris 1-3 0-0 0-1 0-0 2 0 0 2 0 2
J. Strawther 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0
O. Ballo 0-1 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 2
B. Gregg 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 2
M. Arlauskas 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Lang 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 3
W. Graves 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 33-54
(.611)
13-17
(.765)
8-14
(.571)
7-29 16 4 6 15 14 87





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