Gonzaga zips past KU

The Gonzaga Bulldogs opened the 2020 season as the top-ranked team in the country, and showed fans why they deserve the lofty ranking with a 102-90 win over Kansas.



November 27, 2020 - 11:26 AM

Players from the Gonzaga Bulldogs react after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks Thursday. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice / Getty Images / TNS

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Coach Mark Few and Gonzaga keep reaching new heights.

While the top-ranked Bulldogs opened their season with a 102-90 victory over No. 6 Kansas, Few won his 600th game.

“I got an ice shower in the locker, which I didn’t expect,” said Few, who has been at Gonzaga since 1999. “(Kansas coach) Bill (Self) and I set this up for a big college basketball game on Thanksgiving Day before the Cowboys game. That’s why we love college basketball. There’s a lot more games like this coming across the season.”

Drew Timme scored 25 points, Jalen Suggs had 24 and Corey Kispert added 23 as No. 1 Gonzaga pulled away for a statement win.

“We’re not that experienced of a team coming back,” Few said. “We needed Drew and Corey against a high, high level team. We needed their experience and toughness.”

The Bulldogs built a double-digit lead in the first half at the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off, then saw the Jayhawks tie it twice in the second half before putting them away. Gonzaga went on a 22-7 run to go up 96-78.

Self said he believes the Bulldogs are as talented as the Kentucky team in 2014-15, which went 38-0 before losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four.

“I thought we played a great team,” he said. “They have four guards who I think will be the best guards we’ll play all year.”

Suggs, who got in foul trouble in the first half, scored 17 of his 24 in the second half.

“I played patient, picked my spots, picked my moments,” Suggs said.

Few said Suggs was special. “And he’s so good to coach,” he added.

Marcus Garrett led Kansas with 22 points and Ochai Agbaji added 17 points. Agbai picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half, which hurt the Jayhawks. When he left, Kansas trailed 70-67.

“We needed Ochai out there,” Self said. “We’re not deep enough to make up for him.”

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. Timme scored eight of those points from the inside. He and the Bulldogs constantly broke down Kansas’ defense, which led to three layups in a row.