While it is a cliche saying, tonight's Gonzaga-LMU matchup was truly a tale of two halves. The Zags came out of the gates very slowly and carried that throughout the first twenty minutes which led to a 33-33 tie at intermission. LMU was outrebounding the Bulldogs by a sizable margin and little was going right for Gonzaga.
In the second half, Gonzaga settled in and really began to pour it on LMU. Steven Gray was exceptional, scoring 13 of his 16 points in the final twenty minutes. Robert Sacre continued his solid play as he finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. Elias Harris added 14 points and ten rebounds.
The Bulldogs' defense held the Lions to 15-55 shooting this evening. LMU star forward Drew Viney only hit four shots from the field tonight thanks in large part to the collective effort of Mathis Keita and Mangisto Arop. While, at times, they were a bit overzealous (Viney went to the line 10 times), the pair did very well on Viney.
With the win, Gonzaga improves to 13-5 on the season with a perfect 3-0 mark in the conference. I'll have more on this game in the coming days. Go Zags!