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GU pounds LMU 85 - 62

Mark Few's squad seems to be coming together just in time for Christmas.

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

In a quiet, student-free Kennel, Gonzaga pounded out a workman-like 85 – 62 win against an outmatched LMU squad. The game was never in doubt after the first 10 minutes thanks to Kyle Wiltjer’s 20 first half points and Domas having nearly a first half double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds. The GU offense looked very sharp tonight shooting at over 70% from the field midway in the 2nd half, that number dropping to 60% after garbage time. GU also shot a very impressive 91.3% off 21 of 23 from the foul line and 56% off 10 of 18 from three. Despite the game’s sloppiness and extended garbage time, GU had only 9 turnovers. Wiltjer ended the game with 26 points, Domas had another big night at 15 and 13 and Kyle Dranginis had 7 of GU’s 19 assists.

Give Mark Few credit for switching to a 3-2 zone early to limit LMU to 31% first half shooting, 40% for the game and 10% behind the arc in the first half, 25% for the game. The only bright spot for LMU was forward Adom Jacko whose definitely in the running for best name in the WCC. Jacko had 19 points and 11 rebounds while looking impressive banging with Sabonis all night long. LMU also had 15 offensive rebounds, but that number is deceiving because most came from long three misses that ricocheted past the free throw line.

Few seems to be on to something starting EMac, Perkins and Alberts in the back court. Despite his talent, Alberts isn’t pressing or taking bad shots so the overall offense looks smoother. Alberts did have possible the best two minute stretch of the game by hitting two threes, having a solid defensive stop then feeding the post with a great assist. Both Melson and Dranginis appear to feel more comfortable coming in off the bench and Silas’s shot selection has dramatically improved.

GU is playing it’s best basketball since the loss of Karnowski over the past three games. Turnovers are down, shooting percentages are up and all is right with the world. If you’d have told me two weeks ago GU would have gone 21 of 23 from the foul line I’d have asked what kind of legal in Washington Marijuana you were smokin’. GU now has 8 games off before heading to the Bay Area to take on Santa Clara and San Francisco.