Coming off a year in which it received a No. 1 seed into the 2013 NCAA tournament and sent two players off to the NBA, the 2013-14 Zags put together another WCC-winning campaign and reached equal heights in the NCAA tournament.
Gonzaga (24-6, 14-3) had lost consecutive games within conference play for the first time since 2011 when it dropped games to BYU and San Diego last week. The Zags didn’t have much of a problem with Pacific, Thursday night.
Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon Jr. each scored 11 points to lead the Tigers. Jackson finished with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and one mighty big block to help Memphis to a vital nonconference home win.
The unranked Bulldogs utilized a strong first half to hand a short-handed Loyola Marymount squad its sixth straight loss. Gonzaga built a 42-33 lead after the first 20 minutes.
Looking to bounce back after suffering its first West Coast Conference loss since 2011, Gonzaga (15-3, 5-1) utilized a long first-half run to take command of the game.
Gonzaga (14-2, 4-0) jumped out to a 29-11 lead after the first nine minutes and cruised from there thanks to its hot-shooting guards. Despite a better second half from the Tigers, the Bulldogs won their 22nd consecutive West Coast Conference game, a streak that spans three seasons.
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.
Kansas State (8-3) built a 5-point first-half lead, then withstood a 16-7 Bulldog run over a 5-minute span in the second half that lifted Gonzaga to a 1-point lead at 48-47 with 10:51 remaining. Gonzaga’s Drew Barham scored seven of his team-high 13 points to key the run.
No. 11 Gonzaga relieved the frustrations of its first loss with its highest scoring game of the year. Sam Dower Jr. and Gerard Coleman scored 19 points each as the Bulldogs cruised to an easy 113-81 win over Division II Chaminade on Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.
Freshman guard Ike Iroegbu gave Washington State quite a boost when he came off the bench in a 90-74 loss at No. 13 Gonzaga.