FORT MYERS, FL – No. 1 Gonzaga reminded everyone why it’s the top ranked team in the country with a statement win over No. 6 Kansas on Thanksgiving Day here at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Florida. Gonzaga vs Kansas Box Score
The Bulldogs’ offense cracked the 100-point mark against a Kansas defense that is expected to be one of the best in the nation en route to a 102-90 victory over the Jayhawks.
After trailing 54-46 at halftime, Kansas roared back to tie the game 56-56 with 17:02 remaining in the second half and made things quite interesting in the next 9 or 10 minutes.
However, Gonzaga, which has led the country in offensive efficiency in the last three years, pulled away to build an 18 point lead with 3:19 and eased to the comfortable win for the Zags, who will play Auburn in the tournament Friday.
Drew Timme led the way for the Zags with 25 points and six rebounds, while five-star freshman guard Jalen Suggs ended with 24 points, eight assists and four rebounds in a promising outing to begin his Bulldogs career.
Preseason All-American Corey Kispert added 23 points, Joel Ayayi scored 15 to go with nine rebounds and Andrew Nembhard finished with 11 points for Gonzaga, which tallied 62 points in the paint and shot a remarkable 64.5% from the field.
Marcus Garrett paced Kansas with 22 points, while Ochai Agbaji scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half.
Bryce Thompson, whose father played for coach Bill Self at Tulsa, chipped in with 12 points and Jalen Wilson rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Jayhawks (0-1) with 11 points in the defeat.
Kansas and Gonzaga finished last season ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the polls.
No. 1 Gonzaga leads No. 6 Kansas 54-46 in an entertaining first half of basketball on Thanksgiving Day here at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Florida.
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Kansas went on the scoreboard first, but Gonzaga responded with a 20-9 inside the opening six-minutes to grab a comfortable advantage early and then extended its lead to 14 points with 11:27 left the play in the first half.
Experienced figures Corey Kispert and Drew Timme both scored 17 points in the first half to lead the way for Gonzaga, which had five different players throwing assisting passes.
Timme is 7 of 9 on shooting from the field, while Kispert has so far made 6 of his 8 shots from the floor in the opening half.
For the Kansas Jayhawks, Ochai Agbaji has 13 points and Marcus Garrett ended the half with 12.
Gonzaga is shooting 67.7% thus far in the game and has made 50.0% of its attempts from 3-point range.
Kansas shot 55.2% from the field in the half and 54.5% from long range.
This should be another entertaining second half of basketball!