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Gonzaga Cruises Past Coppin State, 86-51

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Gary Bell led the way with 15 points as the Zags demolished the Eagles...

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As expected, the Eagles of Coppin State did not provide a whole lot of resistance tonight at the McCarthey Athletic Center.  That said, I didn't expect to see 'not much resistance' look so bad.  Coppin State was completely inept offensively as they made just 32% of their attempts from the floor and went a lowly 2-18 from beyond the arc.  To their credit, the Zags put together a solid offensive performance and obviously got the job done defensively.  Gary Bell led the way for the Bulldogs with 15 points on 4-9 from deep.  Sam Dower, Gerard Coleman, and Kyle Dranginis joined Bell in double figures as the Zags won, 86-51.

As discussed in the intro, we knew a couple things about Coppin State: they were very undersized and bad on the glass, and they would jack up a bunch of threes.  Both wound up coming to fruition as the Eagles attempted 18 threes, making just 2, and got outrebounded 47-32.  Gonzaga's Sam Dower led the rebounding effort as he collected his second double-double of the season tonight.  Sam's frontcourt counterpart Przemek Karnowski grabbed 8 boards but scored just 5 points all coming relatively early in the game.

On the offensive end, it was a collective effort in this one as 11 Bulldogs scored, led by Gary Bell who continues to just shoot lights out from deep.  The junior guard drained 4 of his 9 attempts from deep and, as we tweeted during the game, is reaching the point where it is odd to see him miss (and even his misses look pretty).  As we saw in Maui, Kyle Dranginis and Gerard Coleman played very well.  Gerard Coleman was running the court and slammed home a few highlight worthy dunks.  Dranginis, meanwhile, continues to look more and more comfortable in the offense and does so many things well.

Freshman center Ryan Edwards did get his first action of the season tonight.  The big man from Montana didn't get in until the game was clearly out of reach so making any sweeping judgments at this point is tough.  He did get to the line 6 times and connect on 5 of those attempts.  He looks like he and Meikle will be able to provide some much needed depth which far exceeds most fans' (mine included) expectations heading into the season.