No. 1 Gonzaga prepared to lower down Lumberjacks

If Virginia just cannot gradual down prime-rated Gonzaga, who can?

Dec 26, 2020 Fort Worth, Texas, United states Gonzaga Bulldogs ahead Corey Kispert (24) reacts right after scoring during the initial half in opposition to the Virginia Cavaliers at Dickies Arena. Necessary Credit history: Kevin Jairaj-United states Today Sports

The Cavaliers, the 2019 NCAA Event champions and yearly just one of the very best defensive groups in the nation below mentor Tony Bennett, place up little resistance towards the Bulldogs in a 98-75 reduction on Saturday in Fort Truly worth, Texas.

Northern Arizona (1-5) is following in line, traveling to Spokane, Wash., to meet up with the Bulldogs (7-) in a nonconference video game on Monday night.

The Cavaliers entered the weekend fourth in the NCAA in details permitted for each game at 54 and hadn’t provided up far more than 64 this period.

But Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert and Drew Timme blended for 61 points, the two setting career-highs, as the Bulldogs constructed a 33-issue lead with a tiny more than five minutes remaining in advance of Kispert and Timme took seats for the relaxation of the sport.

Kispert scored 32 details and matched a college document with 9 3-tips.

“He’s as fantastic a shooter as I’ve ever coached, and like I mentioned, nobody’s worked as challenging as Corey has at mastering his craft, and yet, he’s incredibly unselfish,” Bulldogs coach Mark Few explained of his senior guard, who is averaging 22.4 points on 63.6 percent taking pictures, including 52 percent on 3-tips. “I consider it is incredibly fitting that he’s proper there in the document books for that certain stat.”

Timme, a Texas native, added 29 details and a activity-higher 8 rebounds. He’s averaging 21.6 factors on 60.4 percent capturing and a staff-large 7.6 rebounds.

“It was just excellent to get him back household,” Couple stated of the sophomore forward. “He’s received so a lot pride in the Lone Star Condition right here. He reminds us each day of that. He had tons and tons and tons of pals and family members here.”

The Bulldogs forced Virginia into turnovers on its to start with a few belongings in taking a 7- direct and ended up never ever threatened.

“They’re the greatest we’ve played by far and appear to be properly-deserving of that ranking,” Virginia mentor Tony Bennett reported.

The Lumberjacks are coming off their initial victory of the time, a 68-65 choice at Denver, as Cameron Shelton scored 27 points and Jay Environmentally friendly added 15 points and seven rebounds. Shelton is tied for the Massive Sky Conference’s scoring lead with 19.7 details for every activity.

This will be the third time Northern Arizona has at any time faced the No. 1 staff in the state, but the very first versus a group other than Arizona. The Lumberjacks shed to the Wildcats in 2002 (101-66) and in 2013 (77-44).

“We get to engage in the No. 1 crew in the region if I’m 18-22 several years previous, indicator me up for that,” Lumberjacks mentor Shane Burcar stated. “I’m thrilled to see us compete in opposition to them. There are so quite a few points we can study out of this recreation. It is an exciting time appropriate now.”

The Lumberjacks will wrap up the nonconference portion of their schedule against Gonzaga prior to resuming Significant Sky Meeting play.

The Bulldogs and Lumberjacks have fulfilled just once since Gonzaga remaining the Massive Sky for the West Coastline Conference in 1979. The Zags defeated Northern Arizona, 91-52, in the teams’ previous matchup on Nov. 18, 2015, and hold a 14-6 edge in the all-time series, like 14- at household.

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