Zags return from Bay Area as co-champions

In San Francisco's War Memorial Gym, Gonzaga notched its 25th win of the season. Twenty-four hours later the Zags equalled last year's total of wins at 26 against only 3 losses.

Gonzaga opened up a 16 point lead in the first ten minutes before San Francisco could score a point. Zach Gourde opened things up with a nifty move to the bucket and Gonzaga never looked back.

The Bulldog defense once again contained and frustrated Dons ace Darrell Tucker and created several turnovers while limiting USF to one shot and out.

The Dons finally got it going but it was too little too late. Cory Violette was having yet another strong game and Anthony Reason was scrapping inside. But it would be Kyle Bankhead who would take a Dickau assist and pull up for a two-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded.

33-19, Gonzaga.

The second half was a sloppily played affair with errant passes and ill-advised shots. The Dons would manage to cut the deficit to nine a few times but every time they did the Zags responded by pushing the lead to ten or eleven.

Dan Dickau had a steady game of 17 points and killed any momentum the Dons might've had with key layups, treys and a fallaway jumper.

The SportsCenter highlight of the night was an Anthony Reason tomahawk jam on a slashing drive from the wing. On the strength of Cory's game-high 18 points and solid defense by the entire team, Gonzaga let the clock wind down with a 16 point victory.

It was not a well-played game but Gonzaga grinded it out to improve to 25-3 and traveled across the Bay Bridge to take on the much-improved Gaels of St. Mary's the following night.


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