Gonzaga vs. Auburn - Game Preview

Ruben Hill
November 27, 2020

Forward Drew Timme scored a career-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting as top-ranked Gonzaga opened its season with a 102-90 victory against No. 6 Kansas on Thursday afternoon at the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Florida.

"I got an ice shower in the locker, which I didn't expect, " said Few, who has been at Gonzaga since 1999.

Thanksgiving Day 2020 features a sports smorgasbord, including a healthy helping of pick-and-rolls on the hardwood as the college basketball season moves into its second day.

IL guard Ayo Dosunmu (11) shoots as Chicago State's forward Carlo Marble (10) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. "There's a lot more games like this coming across the season". "We needed their experience and toughness".

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme (2) drives to the basket as Kansas Jayhawks forward David McCormack (33) defends during the first half at Suncoast Credit Union Arena.

A late run in the first half trimmed the Zags' lead from 14 down to seven and Gonzaga led by eight at halftime. Saint Joseph's last win over a ranked team was 78-48 over No. 17 Rhode Island on February 27, 2018. Few has had a lot of great.

"When I got out here today, I was going to play loose and really have fun with the game", Suggs said.

Few said Suggs was special. Freshman Bryce Thompson, whose father played for coach Bill Self at Tulsa, added 12 points and Jalen Wilson scored 11.

Marcus Garrett led the Jayhawks with 22 points and Ochai Agbaji scored 17. When he left, Kansas trailed 70-67.

"To start the first five minutes of the second half, we were the better team", Self said. "From an encouraging standpoint, I think we can score enough points to win games".

The Jayhawks rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half to tie the game at 57.

Gonzaga went on a 12-3 run to take a 20-9 lead.

Last season, Dayton's 84 points were the most scored against the Jayhawks.

The action came fast and furious early between Gonzaga and Kansas, as the Bulldogs' Jalen Suggs helped turn defense into offense with a mighty jam. Gonzaga led 54-46 at the half. "We can't start games off that tight". "We have to be better". Redshirt senior Mitch Lightfoot on Thursday made his first official game appearance since March 23, 2019, in the second round of the NCAA tournament against Auburn. "The Kansas program and ours were consistently doing the right things". We did the protocols and tested hundreds of times. I absolutely marvel at what these guys have done.

The two teams had played only once before, a 80-66 drubbing by Kansas in 1998. Corey Kispert, a preseason All-American, added 23 points for the Bulldogs, who will play Auburn in the tournament Friday. Not many teams in the country could get in a 14-point hole to the nation's No. 1 team and come back to tie it. However, the Jayhawks couldn't recover from Gonzaga's second offensive attack.

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