SPOKANE, Wash. — Drew Timme scored 25 points and No. 1 Gonzaga held off a late challenge to ease to a 95-78 victory over Northwestern State in a quick turnaround game between the two teams on Tuesday night.
Back To Back For Gonzaga and Northwestern State
The schools were playing for the second successive night and the Zags scored 95 points in back-to-back games, following the Bulldogs’ 95-57 win on Monday night.
Timme went 10-of-15 from the field with nine rebounds and three assists, while NBA prospect Jalen Suggs added 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, with six rebounds, five assists, and three steals for Gonzaga in what was another tuneup game ahead of this weekend’s matchup against No. 16 Virginia in Texas.
Corey Kispert finished with 18 points on 7-of-12 shots with six boards and three assists, while Anton Watson had 10 points, four rebounds, and three steals off the bench for the Bulldogs (6-0), who boast the longest home win streak in the country at 41 games.
More Contributions For Northwestern State
Jairus Roberson paced Northwestern State with 15 points after making 5 of 9 shots overall and 4 for 6 from long-range, with Jovan Zelenbaba adding 14 points off the bench.
Trenton Massner supported with 14 points, Jamaure Gregg added 11 points and nine rebounds and Larry Owens scored 10 for the Demons (1-9), who lost for the fourth straight time for the second time this season.
Northwestern State was playing its fourth game in five nights.
Gonzaga, which scored the opening 14 points of the game and led 24-2 after nine minutes, shot 58.2% on 39 of 67 shooting but was only 4 for 18 from3-pointers, four less than they made on Monday night.
The home side led 43-17 at halftime, but was outscored 61-52 in the second period by the Demons.
Northwestern State, which played seven of its opening nine games away from home this season, shot 47.0% from the floor and made 12 of the 24 attempts from 3-pointers.
Gonzaga Bulldogs will next take on their fourth ranked opponent of the season when they travel for the Top 25 battle against ACC team No. 16 Virginia on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Northwestern State returns to the court at Washington State on Wednesday.