GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Gonzaga 89, Loyola Marymount 55

(AP Photo/Young Kwak)

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - Freshman center Chet Holmgren scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots as No. 2 Gonzaga pounded Loyola Marymount 89-55 for its ninth straight victory.

Nolan Hickman had 11 points and Julian Strawther and Rasir Bolton scored 10 apiece for Gonzaga (16-2, 5-0 West Coast Conference), which dropped behind top-ranked Auburn in the AP poll this week despite winning both its games last week. Gonzaga has won 63 consecutive home games, the longest streak in the nation.

Keli Leaupepe had 12 points for Loyola Marymount (9-9, 2-4), which has lost four of six. The Lions have dropped 25 straight games to Gonzaga dating to their last victory in 2010.

They were undone by poor shooting in this one.

Both offenses were slow to get started, and the score was 10-10 eight minutes into the game.

Drew Timme's basket ignited a 26-9 Gonzaga run, and Loyola Marymount went nearly six minutes without a basket as the Bulldogs built a 36-19 lead at halftime.

Gonzaga shot 56% in the first half, while the Lions managed only 24% (8 of 33).

Gonzaga sank five 3-pointers early in the second half, three by Holmgren, to build a 56-34 lead. The Zags followed with a 15-2 run to put the game out of reach.


Loyola Marymount
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Scott F 31 3-11 1-2 0-1 5-8 3 0 0 3 1 7
K. Leaupepe F 27 5-13 1-1 1-3 4-8 0 0 0 2 3 12
C. Shelton G 31 1-8 2-4 1-2 0-4 0 0 0 2 2 5
K. Marble G 27 2-4 0-0 0-1 2-4 1 0 0 0 2 4
J. Quintana G 27 3-12 0-0 2-7 1-3 0 0 1 0 3 8
J. Anderson   23 3-7 0-0 1-4 0-2 2 0 0 2 1 7
A. Merkviladze   16 3-8 0-0 1-3 1-1 0 0 1 0 1 7
L. Lewis   11 1-2 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 3
Q. Jackson Jr.   4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 2
D. Elliott IV   3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Totals   200 22-67
(.328)
5-8
(.625)
6-22
(.273)
16-35 6 0 3 11 14 55


Gonzaga
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Timme F 25 4-7 0-0 0-0 0-2 3 2 0 4 1 8
C. Holmgren C 30 7-8 4-5 3-3 1-9 0 3 1 3 1 21
R. Bolton G 26 4-9 0-0 2-6 0-1 5 0 2 0 1 10
A. Nembhard G 25 2-4 1-1 1-3 0-3 4 0 1 0 2 6
J. Strawther G 25 4-5 0-0 2-3 2-6 2 1 0 0 2 10
N. Hickman   19 5-7 0-0 1-2 0-3 1 0 1 0 0 11
H. Sallis   17 2-2 2-2 1-1 1-3 0 0 2 0 0 7
A. Watson   15 3-7 2-4 0-2 0-1 3 0 0 0 2 8
B. Gregg   7 2-4 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 0 0 1 2 5
M. Arlauskas   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Lang   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0 1 0
J. Few   2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
W. Graves   2 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Totals   200 34-55
(.618)
9-12
(.750)
12-23
(.522)
4-34 21 6 7 8 12 89
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