Drew Timme scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as No.1 Gonzaga overcame a sluggish start to rout host San Diego 90-62 on Thursday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Corey Kispert added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (16-0, 7-0 West Coast Conference), while reserve guard Andrew Nembhard dished out 10 assists.
The Zags have now won 20 games in a row dating back to last season.
GU didn’t take its first lead until the 8:32 mark of the game as the Toreros (2-7, 1-5) slowed the pace and hit early shots. The Zags answered with a 15-0 run and never looked back.
Finn Sullivan paced USD with 16 points, including four 3-pointers.
Gonzaga travels to Malibu, California, on Saturday to take on Pepperdine (5 p.m., ESPN2).
Analysis: Gonzaga warms up after slow start, routs San Diego 90-62
Gonzaga’s slow starts are beginning to outnumber its fast ones. Noiseless environments inside arenas home and away are stacking up game after game. One might have something to do with the other.Thursday was another night when the top-ranked Bulldogs were sluggish early but eventually found their stride during a businesslike 90-62 road victory over San Diego at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. | Read more »
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0:00 – Gonzaga 31, San Diego 24
3:58 – Gonzaga 31, San Diego 24
7:56 – Gonzaga 20, San Diego 19
11:59 – Gonzaga 11, San Diego 11
15:57 – San Diego 9, Gonzaga 5
Drew Timme has 13 points and five rebounds as the top-ranked Bulldogs overcame a sluggish start to take a double-digit lead against the Toreros in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Corey Kispert has seven points and four boards for GU, while Jalen Suggs has six points on a pair of 3-pointers.
San Diego led for the first 10-plus minutes of the game before the Zags rattled off a 15-0 run.
Finn Sullivan is pacing USD with 10 points.
0:00 – Gonzaga 90, San Diego 62
3:41 – Gonzaga 81, San Diego 60
6:32 – Gonzaga 74, San Diego 50
11:52 – Gonzaga 64, San Diego 42
16:06 – Gonzaga 46, San Diego 30
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