It took about 10 minutes to get rolling, but once they did it was downhill all the way. In one of the best all-around team games of the season, it all seemed to come together for Gonzaga as they cruised past San Diego 88-52. Wiltjer and Sabonis again led the way with 25 and 14 points respectively, but it was the third big, Ryan Edwards who had the best game of his GU career. Ryan scored 10 points to go along with 3 rebounds, an assist and a block. It wasn't just Edwards stepping up his game, Kyle Dranginis was 3 for 4 from behind the arc, Bryan Albert was 3-4 including 2-2 from 3 while Perkins and McClellan were both solid shooting 75% and 60% respectively. GU shot 57% from the field including 61% from deep but that number is diluted from garbage-time jacks. GU limited turnover to 7, committed just 12 fouls with SD taking only 7 free throws. GU also ruled the boards outrebounding the Toreros 46-29.
The guards combined for 39 points tonight and Josh Perkins looked especially smart and solid with 5 assists in limited minutes including two of the sweetest passes of the season. The first was a mini-lob to EMac for a dunk after an inbounds pass and the second a needle-threading bouncer through traffic to Sabonis. Perkins also seems to be more selective and smarter about when to pull the trigger and connected on both of his three point attempts on the night. Josh, EMac and the rest of the guards need to keep up the smart play and the offensive contributions as Gonzaga hit the road to play St. Mary's at Moraga on Thursday. Not only will this game determine the outright leader in WCC play, it will give we fans an idea of how well GU can play against top-tier WCC competition on the road with games at Provo and Malibu later this season.