The starting five changed for the first time this season, but it didn't make things any easier for Texas Southern as Gonzaga ran away for their 10th win of the season, 94-54.
Mark Few sat Przemek Karnowski and Kyle Wiltjer against the hapless Tigers and inserted Angel Nunez and Domantas Sabonis into the starting lineup. Both players responded accordingly to the increase in playing time.
Nunez stuffed the statsheet across the board, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers. Sabonis was almost the best player on the floor, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds.
Once again, Wiltjer was the big scorer of the evening, finishing with 21 points and doing it in an absurdly efficient fashion -- scoring 1.61 points per possession. It was the third-straight game with 20-plus points for Wiltjer, who leads the team with 17.5 points per game.
The other big story of the night was Silas Melson seeing the floor for 27 minutes - the most out of any Gonzaga player. Melson finished the night with 13 points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist. Melson scored with ease throughout his high school career, and according to his post game quotes he just needed a bit of consistent time to show what is up.
"It's always good to get a feel for the game. A guy like me, I'm kind of a volume player. So once I get a feel, I'm better off," Melson said.
Other than that, this is the wrong game to place too much critical emphasis on. Texas Southern is one of the worst teams the Bulldogs have had on its non-conference schedule (outside of St. Thomas Aquinas). Gonzaga has one more tune-up game against Cal Poly before embarking on a tough opening to conference play with road games against BYU and San Diego.