Top-Ranked Gonzaga defeats No. 6 Kansas in Fort Myers Tip-Off

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks on Thanksgiving. The Bulldogs won 102-90 in the Fort Myers Tip-Off at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Florida.

With the win, the Bulldogs won their first game. The loss dropped the Jayhawks to 0-1 on the season.

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert attempts a shot against the Kansas Jayhawks
Corey Kispert attempts a shot against the Kansas Jayhawks (Photo by the Gonzaga Bulldogs Athletic Department)

This was the Bulldogs first 100-plus point performance since they defeated the Santa Clara Broncos in January. Gonzaga won 104-54 over Santa Clara on January 16th at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington.

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In addition, Gonzaga has won 17 straight season-openers. This was their season-opener with an elite top-ranked team.

Bulldogs head coach Mark Few has recorded his 600th win at the school. He needed just 724 games to accomplish his 600th win.

“From the first one to this one, it’s never been about me. It’s been about the guys … and about the guys that I’ve been able to coach with,” he said. “For this one to be against such a legendary program and legendary Hall of Fame coach, that will be nice someday when I look back on it.”

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Drew Timme led the Bulldogs with 25 points. He also had six rebounds, one assist, and two steals.

Timme was one of five players for the Zags to score in double-figures. Only one of the double digit performers came from a non-starter.

Andrew Nembhard came off the bench to score 11 points. The Bulldogs had just 13 bench points.

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Marcus Garrett scores 22 points for the Jayhawks. He also had two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

The Jayhawks had four players score in double digits. Garrett was joined by Ochai Agbaji, Bryce Thompson, and Jalen Wilson in the double digits.

Three of Kansas starters scored in double figures.

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Bryce Thompson had 12 points off the bench. The Jayhawks had 24 bench points.

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