No. 1 Gonzaga swarms No. 6 Kansas in opener

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Drew Timme scored 25 factors, Jalen Suggs had 24 and Corey Kispert added 23 as No. 1 Gonzaga pulled away from No. 6 Kansas for a 102-90 victory Thursday within the males’s basketball season opener for each groups.The Bulldogs constructed a double-digit lead within the first half on the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off then noticed the Jayhawks tie the sport twice within the second half earlier than placing them away. Gonzaga went on a 22-7 run to go up 96-78.Suggs, who obtained in foul hassle within the first half, scored 17 of his 24 factors within the second half.1 RelatedMarcus Garrett led Kansas with 22 factors, and Ochai Agbaji added 17 factors. Agbai picked up his fourth foul halfway by the second half, which damage the Jayhawks. When he left, Kansas trailed 70-67.With Gonzaga main 29-15, Kansas made a few runs to chop the deficit to as little as 5. Nevertheless, Kispert heated up and saved the Jayhawks at bay. Gonzaga led 54-46 on the half.The Bulldogs confirmed nice steadiness. Whereas they outscored Kansas 30-14 within the paint, they made 5 of 10 3-pointers. In addition they made 68% of their pictures within the first half (21 of 31).With the victory, Gonzaga’s Mark Few picked up his 600th win in his 724th recreation, turning into the third-fastest coach to succeed in 600 wins in Division I historical past behind Adolph Rupp (704) and Jerry Tarkanian (720), based on ESPN Stats & Data.COVID-19 NEWSThree Gonzaga non-athletes had been isolating of their lodge rooms after one examined optimistic for COVID-19.A complete of 112 assessments got and no gamers from any of the 4 taking part groups examined optimistic, occasion officers mentioned. Auburn and Saint Joseph’s are also taking part within the occasion.BIG PICTUREThe method these groups performed one another, it would not be a shock to see Gonzaga and Kansas meet once more late within the NCAA event, perhaps the Remaining 4.The Bulldogs are deep and seem like they will play protection in addition to any of Few’s groups. They will rating from the within and the surface.Kansas by no means provides up. Not many groups within the nation might get in a 14-point gap to the nation’s No. 1 group and are available again to tie it. Nevertheless, the Jayhawks could not get better from Gonzaga’s second offensive assault.UP NEXTGonzaga, which is enjoying 4 morning nonconference video games in West Coast time, together with top-10 matchups with Baylor and Iowa, will play Auburn at 11 a.m. ET Friday.Kansas, which additionally has a difficult nonconference schedule together with Kentucky and Creighton, will play Saint Joseph’s on Friday.The Related Press contributed to this report.

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