NCAAB Game Recap - Detroit at Gonzaga
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:00 PM EST

Detr
72
Gonz
93
F
JackSt
57
Baylor
83
F
Tul
73
Mem
84
F
Xav
62
Vill
68
F
NFla
59
Dayt
77
F
Canis
79
Pitt
87
F
(N/A)
57
UMBC
89
F
Hof
75
Tows
67
F
Dart
56
UNH
70
F
Wilbe
52
MiaO
119
F
(N/A)
53
E MI
88
F
Stetsn
63
SCar
56
F
HuTil
77
PVAM
92
F
(N/A)
78
DelSt
76
F
(N/A)
63
NCC
108
F
(N/A)
53
GASt
83
F
TexPA
72
Okla
91
F
SCSt
58
Jacksn
52
F
YSU
70
IL-C
64
F
WIGB
73
NoKY
59
F
Clev
82
IUPUI
80
F
WIMil
70
WriSt
82
F
(N/A)
49
Rut
94
F
Yale
67
UNC
70
F
NE
88
JMU
72
F
Penn
81
How
62
F
APSU
48
UGA
78
F
Copp
56
Ford
62
F
W&M
74
Elon
73
F
UNCW
66
Drex
71
F
Charl
75
Del
63
F
Albany
67
Colum
66
F
StBon
79
Buff
84
F
UMass
79
Akr
85
F
David
71
Vand
76
F
LoyIL
66
Valpa
63
F
TXSo
55
TexAM
58
F
HiPt
58
Tex
89
F
LaTec
80
SoMis
49
F
ChiSt
33
Mizzu
91
F
Kent
68
MisSt
96
F
SIU
56
IndSt
68
F
Seton
74
DeP
66
F
GMas
53
TCU
87
F
Harv
84
USF
81
F(OT)
Ida
68
Web
69
F
NoAZ
61
MTSt
63
F
Sac
50
Mont
52
F
E WA
69
IdaSt
75
F
S UT
83
PorSt
81
F

Gonzaga 93, Detroit 72

Dec 30, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Detroit (2-12)

37

35

72

(1) Gonzaga (14-1)

53

40

93

Petrusev leads No. 1 Gonzaga over Detroit Mercy 93-72
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:32 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Top-ranked Gonzaga beat Detroit Mercy by 21 points in its first game since being ranked No. 1, but coach Mark Few wasn't terribly pleased with the effort of his players.

`'We were a little choppy tonight,"' Few said after the 93-72 victory on Monday. `'We've got to be better than we were tonight."

Few said the No. 1 ranking is a big motivator for opponents.

`'You get all kinds of crazy efforts out of the people you are playing against," Few said. "'We've got to embrace this challenge."

Filip Petrusev scored 22 points and Ryan Woolridge added 21 points and eight assists for Gonzaga (14-1), which earlier Monday retained the No. 1 ranking in the poll for the second week. Gonzaga had not played since Dec. 21.

Drew Timme scored 13 points and Anton Watson 11 for the Zags, who wrapped up the non-conference season with their victory.

Antoine Davis scored 31 points and Justin Miller 17 for Detroit Mercy (2-12), which was playing the nation's top-ranked team for the first time since they lost to Michigan in the 1977 NCAA Tournament in Dick Vitale's last game as the Titans coach.

Gonzaga has won 31 consecutive home games, longest streak in the nation.

The Zags came out hot and built a 27-8 lead in the first nine minutes. They got three 3-pointers from Woolridge during the run.

"'We were all jacked up," Detroit Mercy coach Mike Davis said. "'We've been talking about this game since October. Our guys were a little tight."

The Titans fought back and Davis hit a long 3-pointer to bring Detroit Mercy within 32-19. Three consecutive 3-pointers by the Titans - by Davis, Willy Isiani and Jordan Gorman - cut Gonzaga's lead to 40-30.

Gonzaga replied with a 13-7 run to take a 53-37 lead at halftime.

The Zags shot 73 percent (19-of-26) in the first half, including 7-of-11 from 3-point range. Woolridge led all scorers with 17 points in the first, including all four of his 3-point attempts.

"We were getting the ball to the right spots and the right people," Few said.

Neither team shot well in the second half.

But the Bulldogs scored the first 12 points of the second, building a 65-37 lead and holding the Titans scoreless for more than four minutes.

Davis hit a 3-pointer to bring the Titans within 77-58 late in the second half, but the Bulldogs held them off for their sixth consecutive win.

"'I loved playing this game," Mike Davis said, noting that Gonzaga was very talented and very well-coached. "'Hopefully this can help us in our conference."

Few said his team has done a good job so far of dealing with the hype of a high ranking all season.

"They've done a wonderful job of handling everything thrown at them,"' Few said.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Chris Brandon of Detroit Mercy scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

NO TILLIE

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie did not play in the game, although he was available if needed. Few said the team wanted to give him a rest because they play three games this week.

BIG PICTURE

Detroit Mercy: The Titans are 20-131 against ranked teams, including beating top-ranked Bradley and Oklahoma A&M during the 1951-52 season ... They have not beaten a ranked team since 2002 ... Antoine Davis, son of coach Mike Davis, came in averaging 25 points per game, third in the nation ... But the Titans average just 66.9 points per game.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs are coming off a week-long break for Christmas and this was their first defense of the No. 1 ranking this season ... The Zags average 88 points per game, second in the nation, and are the only team with six players averaging in double digits ... Gonzaga went 308-54 in the past decade, the most victories in the nation.

UP NEXT

Detroit Mercy hosts Northern Kentucky on Friday.

Gonzaga opens defense of its West Coast Conference regular season title at Portland on Thursday. The Zags went 16-0 in conference last season.

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Leaders

Detroit PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Hofman 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Rose Jr. 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gonzaga PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
P. Zakharov 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Arlauskas 0 0 0 2 0 0

Team Comparison

Detr Gonz
Points For 72 93
Field Goals 27/64-42% 33/65-51%
Three Pointers 9/28-32% 10/23-43%
Free Throws 9/12-75% 17/24-71%
Offensive Rebounds 11 12
Defensive Rebounds 24 28
Rebounds 41 41
Blocks 6 4
Steals 3 7
Turnovers 14 8
Personal Fouls 16 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Dec 30 Detr 72 @ Gonz 93 A. LeGrand 2 M. Lang 3

Game Information

Stadium: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington
Attendance: 6,000
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