Top-ranked Gonzaga defeats No. 11 West Virginia in 2020 Jimmy V Classic

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated No. 11 West Virginia Mountaineers in the Jimmy V. Class presented by Corona. The Bulldogs won 87-82 over the Mountaineers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Jimmy V Classic is normally scheduled for Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. However, due to the coronavirus, it was moved to Indianapolis.

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With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 3-0 on the season. The Mountaineers lost for the first-time this season.

West Virginia is now 3-1 on the season.

The Bulldogs lost Jalen Suggs for some time in the first-time. He was then able to come back in the second half.

It appeared that he initially suffered a serious left ankle injury.

”At first, we were kind of disappointed because we all love Jalen,” Andrew Nembhard said. ”Him coming back in the game was big for us. He played football so you know he’s tough and we’re pretty versatile so we could do some different things in the second to help him out. It worked out well for us.”

Joel Ayayi led the Bulldogs with 21 points. He also had seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

Ayayi was one of four players for the Zags, who scored in double figures. Three of the four were starts, as Corey Kispert had 19 and Drew Timme contributed 17.

Nembhard came off the bench to score 19. The Bulldogs had 23 bench points.

Derek Culver led the Mountaineers with 18 points. He also had 15 rebounds, two assists, and one block.

Culver was one of five players, who scored in double-digits, for the Mountaineers. Three of the players, who scored more than 10 points, were starters.

Besides Culver, Oscar Tshiebwe scored 14 and Miles McBride contributed 10.

Tax Sherman scored 12 off the bench. Gabe Osabuohien also contributed 10 points off the bench.

West Virginia had 28 points.

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