FORT MYERS, Fla. — Drew Timme scored 28 points and No. 1 Gonzaga continue where it left off on Thursday with another dominant win a day later. The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 to start the season with a 90-67 victory over Auburn in the Fort Myers Tip-Off.
Gonzaga knocked off No. 6 Kansas on Thanksgiving Day with an impressive performance and returned on Friday to ease past Auburn with a well balanced performance.
Timme backed up his 25pts outing in the win over the Jayhawks by knocking down 11 of his 16 shots in his game-high performance on Friday and completed his double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds.
Preseason All-American Corey Kispert had 25 points and made four 3-pointers with six rebounds, while five-star freshman guard Jalen Suggs added 12 points and six assists for the Bulldogs (2-0), who shot 52.9% and dominated the glass, outrebounding Auburn 44-32.
Allen Flanigan led the Tigers (1-1) with 20 points and five rebounds, but JT Thor with 11 points, was the only other Auburn player to reach double-digits in scoring.
Auburn, shot 37.3% from the floor and 31.4% from 3-point range, while Jaylin Williams, who grabbed a double-double in the overtime victory against Saint Joseph’s on Thursday, had troubles early with fouls and was held scoreless with two rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
The Tigers led led twice in the opening two minutes – but Gonzaga took over from then and there was no turning back.
The Bulldogs used 10 straight points to take a 16-6 lead with 15:49 remaining in the first half, before build the lead to 17 points.
Gonzaga led 49-35 at halftime before taking full control of the contest early the second.
This was the first meeting between Auburn and Gonzaga, the Bulldogs head coach Mark Few, who was collecting his 601st victory, improved to 3-1 when coaching against Bruce Pearl.