SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — — No. 1 Gonzaga made a winning return to the court on Saturday after beating the previously undefeated No. 3 Iowa 99-88 in a college basketball Top 5 marquee clash at Sanford Pentagon.
Gonzaga Back With A Bang!
Gonzaga had not played since beating then-No. 11 West Virginia 87-82 in the Jimmy V Classic almost three weeks and was forced to paused team activities because of COVID-19 positive results in the program.
Despite being active, the Bulldogs (4-0) rarely skipped a beat on their return, as they knocked off a ranked team for the third time this season.
NBA prospect Jalen Suggs paced Gonzaga with a career-high 27 points and made 7-for-10 shots from 3-pointers to go with his seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Suggs, the West Coast Conference freshman player of the week last week, however, committed a team-high seven turnovers for the Bulldogs, who tallied 18 turnovers overall in the game.
Drew Timme added 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with nine rebounds before fouling out of the game, while Corey Kispert also fouled out of the game after contributing 13 points and six assists for Gonzaga.
Andrew Nembhard ended with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals, while junior guard Joel Ayayi added 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to go with six assists for the Bulldogs, who shot 50.0% from 3-point range and 51.4% overall from the field.
Buckeyes Fend Off Luka, Iowa
Luka Garza registered a double-double with 30 points on 13 of 18 shooting and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks for Iowa, while Joe Wieskamp added 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals in the defeat.
Joe Toussaint finished with 14 points and Jack Nunge had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes (6-1), who had won six straight games entering this showdown.
The 99 points scored by Gonzaga on Saturday were the most Iowa has given up so far this season.
Gonzaga will now host Northwestern State on Monday, while Iowa opens Big Ten play at home against Purdue on Tuesday.