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Gonzaga Beats Michigan State in Scrimmage

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Corey Kispert led the way for the second straight year

A year after leading Gonzaga with 24 points in a closed-door scrimmage with Michigan State, Corey Kispert apparently one-upped himself and poured in 28 to lead Gonzaga to a 103-87 win in this year’s private scrimmage, according to several reports.

Kispert led all scorers for the second year in a row, followed by Filip Petrusev with 19 and Admon Gilder with 18. Freshman Drew Timme added 13, according to Jeff Goodman, and Anton Watson grabbed an eye-popping 15 rebounds. Ryan Woolridge added nine points and seven assists while being the primary ball handler, and was said to look solid on both ends of the court.

103 points is obviously a huge number for a reported 40-minute scrimmage, especially against what will probably be the near-consensus number one team in the country when the first AP poll is released on Monday morning. If anything, Gonzaga’s scrimmage success over the years shows how difficult it is to defend their offensive system without game planning for it.

Player of the Year candidate Cassius Winston led Sparty with 20 points. Joshua Langford did not play for Michigan State, while Killian Tillie missed the scrimmage for Gonzaga as he recovers from minor knee surgery.

Gonzaga plays for everyone to see November 1 in their exhibition against Lewis-Clark State before opening the regular season November 5.

10:25 pm EDIT: Brendan Quinn of The Athletic wrote about intel from the scrimmage, noting that Gonzaga simply out-played and out-toughed Michigan State. They scored 62 points in the paint and destroyed them with ball screens and seals. Read the full article here.