In an overwhelming performance from dog racing country, the Gonzaga Bulldogs led from box-to-wire over the Kansas Jayhawks in a 102-90 win on Saturday at the Fort Myers Tip-Off at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Southwest Florida.
Five-star freshman Jalen Suggs shined in his first collegiate game, with 24 points on 9-15 shooting along with eight rebounds and four assists. Corey Kispert was 8-13 for 23 points with four rebounds, and Drew Timme led all scorers with 25 points.
The Zags shot an incredible 65% from the floor, with 28 fast break points and an astonishing 62 points in the paint against a Jayhawks team with depth in the front court. It was an evisceration of a fellow Top-10 team, as well as a message to the rest of college basketball about who is the favorite to cut down the nets in Indianapolis next April.
Florida transfer Andrew Nembhard, who was declared eligible for Gonzaga this week, added 11 points on 3-6 shooting. KU star senior guard Marcus Garrett did all he could, with 22 points on 7-9 shooting, but just two assists and four turnovers. Normally when the Jayhawks shoot 33-62 from the floor and 8-18 from three-point range, they’ll go home as winners. But they ran into a buzzsaw from Spokane today.
Gonzaga closed as a 3.5-point favorite, and will play the Auburn Tigers tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. ET in their final game in Fort Myers. Kansas will face the St. Joe’s Hawks at 2:00 p.m.