(1090 The Fan) — Drew Barham scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help short-handed No. 24 Gonzaga cruise to a 69-41 win over out-manned San Francisco, Monday night.
The Dons never really threatened Gonzaga (12-2, 2-0). After a slow start to the game from each squad, the Bulldogs got going and closed the half on a 30-17 run to take a 41-23 lead into the break.
San Francisco (8-6, 1-1) only managed to score another 18 points and Gonzaga played emptied its bench.
Gonzaga received a balanced scoring effort out of its offense despite being without two-fifths of its regular starting lineup. Przemek Karnowski scored 11 points while David Stockton, Kevin Pangos and Gerard Coleman added 10 points apiece. Guard Gary Bell Jr. is out with a broken hand and forward Sam Bower is nursing an injured back.
With comfortable wins over Santa Clara and San Francisco now to start their conference play, the Bulldogs look to be in the same position they have been in for what seems like the last decade — West Coast Conference leaders. As Gonzaga enters the New Year, it will be focused on playing its best basketball and positioning itself for the NCAA Tournament.
Avry Holmes scored 16 for the Dons as the only player on San Francisco’s team to score more than eight points.
The Bulldogs shot 43 pecent from the field, but just 11-of-20 from the free-throw line. They also limited the Dons to 26 percent shooting and out-rebounded them 46-37.
Gonzaga plays twice more this week, with home games against St. Mary’s and Pacific.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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