NCAAB Game Recap - Gonzaga at Arizona
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:00 PM EST

E KY
67
Lou
99
F
UMKC
57
Kansas
98
F
Oreg
71
Mich
70
F(OT)
Gonz
84
Ariz
80
F
GaTec
53
KY
67
F
StLou
61
Aub
67
F
Mem
51
Tenn
47
F
Drake
47
Dayt
78
F
MSU
72
Oakl
49
F
South
41
Butl
66
F
Del
70
Vill
78
F
Seton
48
Rut
68
F
Xav
78
Wake
80
F
KansSt
61
MisSt
67
F
IPFW
65
IUPUI
74
F
App
81
How
59
F
Syr
79
GTown
89
F
Princ
80
FaDi
65
F
Dart
76
Boston
78
F
(N/A)
60
Elon
91
F
Tuls
79
Ark
98
F
Nich
57
WVU
83
F
NJIT
71
StFNY
73
F
TN-M
72
UNCA
91
F
(N/A)
79
Jacksn
93
F
IL-C
65
DeP
86
F
HolyC
72
Canis
80
F
CenMI
76
Tex
87
F
LIU
74
Rider
89
F
Duques
71
Radf
49
F
Alab
71
PSU
73
F
AlaAM
74
Mia-FL
88
F
Morg
68
LaSal
85
F
Merrim
63
Hartfo
71
F
NCC
71
CoCar
91
F
Army
89
Buff
76
F
UCLA
61
ND
75
F
Lamar
50
TCU
79
F
AF
79
Denv
75
F
NFla
72
SoMis
69
F
MidTN
64
Miss
82
F
Toled
80
Detr
72
F
Web
49
Utah
60
F
UCSB
61
S UT
62
F
(N/A)
50
StBon
75
F
HiPt
64
FlAtl
81
F
Campbl
67
ECU
79
F
Mayv
60
SDak
96
F
Sac
58
SCla
60
F
USF
91
CS-Ful
69
F
ULLa
59
LaTec
77
F
Charl
71
Rich
78
F
Winth
73
Furm
80
F
ArkPB
46
OrSt
80
F
AlSt
57
Bois
100
F
Okla
75
WichSt
80
F
OlDom
55
Ill
69
F
Stan
78
SJSU
58
F
CSBak
70
Ida
76
F(OT)
NMSt
62
NM
69
F
Evans
72
WIGB
62
F
Niag
80
Albany
84
F
W MI
59
Manh
58
F
Colg
67
Cin
66
F
WilBa
59
NOrl
103
F
(N/A)
54
Gram
82
F
CenAR
79
Pepp
92
F
BYU
68
UtSt
64
F
UGA
59
AzSt
79
F
E IL
75
WIMil
68
F
Lib
61
Vand
56
F
HBU
84
Rice
96
F
(N/A)
57
Oral
69
F
Stony
78
Prov
82
F
(N/A)
63
UAB
75
F
N CO
74
Wyo
53
F
ULMo
59
SFA
66
F
NoAZ
79
UtVal
73
F
Fres
62
CAPoly
37
F
BethC
68
CBU
87
F
UCDav
54
USD
58
F
(N/A)
63
UCIrv
120
F
StMar
89
Cal
77
F

Gonzaga 84, Arizona 80

Dec 14, 2019, 10:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(6) Gonzaga (11-1)

35

49

84

(15) Arizona (10-2)

34

46

80

No. 6 Gonzaga withstands late run to beat No. 15 Arizona
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:17 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Sixth-ranked Gonzaga was at its efficient best at both ends of the floor through most of the second half, building a 15-point lead over No. 15 Arizona, ready to cruise to an easy victory over a tough road opponent.

Then the shots stopped falling. So did the free throws. Gonzaga committed a couple of key turnovers. Arizona had the crowd roaring with each basket. The lead was down to two in the closing seconds.

Any other team might have folded under the pressure. The veteran Zags kept their poise, pulling out a victory in one of college basketball's toughest road environments.

That's a sure sign of a veteran, resilient team.

Corey Kispert scored 18 points, Filip Petrusev added 16 and Gonzaga held on for an 84-80 win on Saturday night.

"We're really resilient," said Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi, who had 15 points. "We never quit. We never think the game's over until it's over. For us to win on the road in that type of atmosphere is a pretty good win."

The Zags (11-1) fought through a tense first half and shut down Arizona during two second-half runs to go up 80-65 with 2:12 left.

Arizona (10-2) then went on a 15-2 run. Jemarl Baker scored on a driving layup to pull Arizona within 82-80, but Ryan Woolridge shut out the crowd noise and sealed it by hitting two free throws with 1.7 seconds left.

The Bulldogs won their 10th straight road game to extend the nation's longest streak. They did it with Killian Tillie in foul trouble most of the night before he limped off to the locker room with about seven minutes left.

"When you get a win here, I'm not going to worry about how we got to that point," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "To get a win in this building, against that team, in this kind of environment is special."

The Wildcats started strong with a boost from a boisterous McKale Center crowd and Zeke Nnaji's early energy.

After that, Arizona struggled from the perimeter and had numerous defensive breakdowns in the second half as Gonzaga pulled away, prompting Arizona coach Sean Miller to repeatedly point to his assistants and yell "Get him out of there!"

The Wildcats finally found some cohesiveness at both ends during the furious closing stretch.

Nnaji had 14 points and 17 rebounds - nine offensive - and Josh Green added 17 points for Arizona, which shot 8 for 30 from 3-point range.

"We just didn't shoot the ball like we're capable," Miller said. "Some of it we just need to execute better, but we had some good ones. When you get good looks in the game, you've got to knock them in."

Revved up by a the crowd, the Wildcats crushed the Zags on the glass early - a huge point of emphasis by Miller against Gonzaga's big front line. Arizona had nine offensive rebounds in the first eight minutes to build a nine-point lead and make up for an 0-for-7 start from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs clawed their way back as the Wildcats continued to clank from the perimeter - 1 for 15 from 3 - and led 35-34 at halftime. Arizona had 13 second-chance points on 12 offensive rebounds in the first half.

Gonzaga cleaned up its defensive glass issues to open the second half and used a 12-0 run to go up 54-45. The Zags continued to take advantage of Arizona's defensive miscues and went on an 8-0 run to push the lead to 69-55.

The Wildcats had one more run left, but ran out of time.

"When you look at it, we shot the ball poor," Green said. "Those days are going to come. It's just one of those games."

MANNING MANNION

Arizona freshman Nico Mannion has been superb this season, both scoring and setting up teammates.

He did not have a great shooting night against Gonzaga.

Pressured by Woolridge all game, the Wildcats' point guard had seven points on 3-for-20 shooting, including 1 for 10 on 3-point attempts. He did finish with 10 assists and had a solid night defensively.

"He (Wooldridge) did an awesome job guarding him all night long," Ayayi said. "It was a team effort, but a lot of it was just him guarding him by himself."

UP NEXT

Gonzaga hosts No. 17 North Carolina on Wednesday.

Arizona plays St. John's next Saturday in San Francisco.

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Leaders

Gonzaga PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Watson 0 0 1 0 0 0
M. Arlauskas 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arizona PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Koloko 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Green 17 0 1 4 2 0

Team Comparison

Gonz Ariz
Points For 84 80
Field Goals 29/61-48% 30/78-38%
Three Pointers 9/23-39% 8/30-27%
Free Throws 17/30-57% 12/13-92%
Offensive Rebounds 12 17
Defensive Rebounds 31 27
Rebounds 46 48
Blocks 5 2
Steals 3 4
Turnovers 10 6
Personal Fouls 16 22
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Gonz Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 14 Gonz 84 @ Ariz 80 K. Tillie 7 I. Lee 2

Game Information

Stadium: McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, Arizona
Attendance: 14,644
Game Time: