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Gonzaga 89, Santa Clara 75


(AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - Corey Kispert scored 25 points, Drew Timme had 16 of his 18 points in the second half and No. 1 Gonzaga won its 50th straight at home, beating Santa Clara 89-75.

The Bulldogs won their 27th straight overall dating to last season, but struggled to shake the Broncos for most of the night.

Timme was a big reason why Gonzaga (23-0, 14-0 West Coast Conference) was finally able to pull away in the second half. Limited to just eight minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, Gonzaga's primary interior scorer made 7 of 9 shots as the Bulldogs pulled away from a 40-38 halftime lead.

Jalen Suggs nearly had a triple-double finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Joel Ayayi added 11 points for Gonzaga.

Gonzaga's 50-game home win streak matches the longest in school history. The Bulldogs have also won 20 straight games by double-digits, matching the longest streak ever by a team ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25. UCLA also won 20 straight by double-digits during the 1971-72 season.

Guglielmo Caruso led Santa Clara (10-7, 4-5) with 19 points, and Giordan Williams added 18. The Broncos led by 10 early in the first half and held the advantage for most of the first 20 minutes before Gonzaga pulled ahead just before the break.

Santa Clara hung around for most of the second half and trailed just 73-66 after Josip Vrankic's layup with 6:44 left, but could get no closer.

February 25, 2021



Santa Clara
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Carlyle 4-8 1-2 0-0 1-3 3 0 0 4 5 9
J. Vrankic 6-17 2-4 0-4 3-10 3 0 1 4 3 14
G. Caruso 8-15 1-2 2-4 1-5 1 1 1 2 4 19
G. Williams 7-11 0-0 4-7 0-4 0 0 2 1 0 18
J. Williams 4-10 3-4 0-2 0-2 3 2 3 0 3 11
V. Reynoso-Avila 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Richards 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0
M. Tomley 2-5 0-0 0-2 0-1 1 0 1 0 2 4
J. Bediako 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals 31-68
(.456)
7-12
(.583)
6-19
(.316)
10-33 11 4 8 12 18 75


Gonzaga
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Ayayi 4-11 0-0 3-7 3-9 3 0 2 3 2 11
C. Kispert 10-17 2-2 3-8 1-8 0 1 2 2 1 25
A. Nembhard 1-5 1-2 1-3 0-0 7 0 1 3 3 4
D. Timme 7-9 4-5 0-1 1-6 1 0 0 0 3 18
J. Suggs 4-10 5-7 0-1 3-11 8 0 2 4 3 13
A. Cook 3-5 4-5 0-1 0-1 2 0 0 3 1 10
O. Ballo 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 2
A. Watson 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 4
B. Gregg 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 2
Totals 33-62
(.532)
16-21
(.762)
7-22
(.318)
11-43 21 1 7 16 16 89





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