The Gonzaga Bulldogs improved to 4-0 on the year after winning their first road game of the season, a 79-49 drubbing of Texas A&M. The Texas boys all played huge roles. Admon Gilder scored 16 against his former school, North Texas transfer Ryan Woolridge shook off an injury scare to add 16, and Drew Timme helped jump start their first half run and finished with 11.
The game started out a bit ugly. Gonzaga had several good looks in the first eight minutes, but the lid on the rim would not come off. Through their offensive struggles, the Bulldogs’ defense kept them in the game. And that would be the theme throughout the game. A&M went on an 11 MINUTE (!!!) drought and allowed the Zags to build a 40-19 lead at the half despite their somewhat poor shooting from the field. Put another way: Corey Kispert and Filip Petrusev went 2-for-12 from the field in the first half and they still held a 21-point lead on the road against an SEC team.
Texas A&M, who has struggled offensively in their first two games, made just six field goals in the first half. They had zero assists and turned it over 10 times. The backcourt of Gonzaga was in their grill the entire night, forcing tough shots and poor decision making.
The second half was a bit of a grind, with the game essentially wrapped up already. Anton Watson, Ryan Wooldridge, and Petrusev all had injury scares through the game, but all appear to be okay. Woolridge favored his wrist multiple times, though, so we will wait and see on that one.
Petrusev finished with another double-double, this time with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Joel Ayayi did what he does best: stuff the stat sheet. How is this for a line? Eight points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block for the redshirt sophomore. The Zags are back in action on Tuesday against UT Arlington at home.