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11-18-2015, 09:49 PM
First, there's The Spokesman-Review's Dan Pelle's Photo Gallery. (http://www.spokesman.com/galleries/2015/nov/18/gonzaga-beats-nau-91-52/)


Jim Meehan's Gamer (http://www.spokesman.com/zags/stories/2015/nov/18/sabonis-leads-way-as-zags-cruise-past-nau/)

Domantas Sabonis leads way as Zags cruise past NAU
“When (Sabonis) plays like he did, it’s going to be tough for teams to handle him,” NAU coach Jack Murphy said. “He’s a tough cover. He’s an NBA player playing in the WCC.”

NAU, content to pack the lane and entice Gonzaga into taking perimeter shots, was within 31-23 when redshirt freshman Bryan Alberts hit a pair of 3-pointers and Wiltjer added another trey to give GU a 42-27 halftime lead.

“We have tremendous bigs so everybody has to look out for that,” said Alberts, who added another 3-pointer in the second half. “I’m just going to be spotted up and ready to open the court up.”

Said coach Mark Few: “He did it to us 5,000 times in practice last year. That’s what he needs to do for us this year. At the other end, he just plays solid defense and does what we ask him to do. With this team, that’s not a bad thing to have.”

The Zags turned it into a rout with a 31-5 run in the first nine minutes of the second half.

“It was good to just see our guys get going up and down, and get back to playing pretty darn good half-court defense,” Few said. “When we weren’t turning the ball over I thought we were pretty efficient on the offensive end, which is the whole key to winning basketball games.”

Josh Perkins had six assists, Kyle Dranginis five and Alberts three for the Zags, who finished with 18 assists. Perkins had six of GU’s 17 turnovers.

“We just kept playing hard on the defensive end and once we started getting stops it led to some fastbreak points,” Dranginis said. “The offense was flowing a little better. It just takes time to adjust and get everything going.

“We can’t be giving the ball away like that, but the good thing is it’s something we can change.”

11-18-2015, 09:59 PM
Here's a link to more photos from the USA Today website (http://www.usatodaysportsimages.com/setImages/184589).

(One of the reasons I really like being in the top 10 - 15 schools is there is usually more media at games for stuff like this.)

11-18-2015, 10:02 PM
GoZags.com game story, photo gallery, post-game interviews (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/111815aaa.html)

11-18-2015, 10:07 PM
missed the game live, about to watch the replay, but wow, those unis are ugly. I don't usually comment on that stuff but ouch

anayway, welcome to the new season! 40 point blow out, Domas off the bench to balance to team...Looking forward to checking out this year's team


11-18-2015, 10:23 PM
Zmbio Gonzaga photo stream (http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Domantas+Sabonis/Northern+Arizona+v+Gonzaga/MnDgPI9PiRE)

11-19-2015, 01:24 AM
san jose mercury

Parrish was wrong http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/25380185/gonzaga-giving-up-a-ton-of-points-leans-towards-northern-arizona-covering

11-19-2015, 05:59 AM
The video on GoZags.com is a little choppy but still pretty good to watch.

11-19-2015, 11:57 AM
Jim Meehan's Day-After post (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2015/nov/19/day-after-northern-arizona/)contains a lot of interesting tidbits:
--Domantas Sabonis didn’t play long, mainly because of a first-half elbow that clipped an NAU player and sent the sophomore forward to the bench after 5 highly productive minutes (9 points). He didn’t play all that much (13 minutes) in the second half as the Zags’ lead mushroomed to 41 points.

But he got a lot done, scoring 26 points on 12 of 13 shooting to go with seven rebounds and one blocked shot.

“He’s a beast down there,” Kyle Wiltjer said. “He gets us going with his intensity.”

“I got after him a little bit this week to be more aggressive,” coach Mark Few said. “He was great. The more aggressive he is for us, the better we are.”

You can find Sabonis’ comments on coming off the bench vs. starting in my game story. Few’s thoughts?

“He just doesn’t care,” Few said. “The beauty of Domas is it’s all about winning. It’s a great quality to have.”
--Redshirt freshman wing Bryan Alberts was the eighth man in the rotation, but he will carve out plenty of minutes if he contributes the way he did against NAU. Alberts softened up the Lumberjacks’ paint-conscious defense with a pair of 3-pointers late in the first half. He finished 3 of 4 from long distance and added three assists and a steal in 18 minutes.

Alberts said he understands his role is to be ready when called upon and to be ready for open spot-up 3s.

“Going into it I wasn’t expecting much,” he said. “I got more than I was asking for.”
-Interesting evening for Josh Perkins, who drew oohs and aahs with great and not-so-great plays during his 29 minutes. He had quite the stat line: one 3-pointer, four boards, five points, six assists, six turnovers and four steals. Perkins is a redshirt freshman, which means there will probably more nights like this as he takes the steering wheel of the offense.

He threaded the needle on a couple of his assists, threw guys open on others (like an NFL quarterback) and teammates better be alert when he’s on the court or they might have a basketball clanked off the side of their head.

On the other hand, Perkins was in too much of a hurry at times and committed two open-court turnovers that NAU turned into field goals, prompting an exasperated Few to throw both arms up in the air.

“He had stretches of great play, I thought he had one of his better defensive nights that he’s had so far, against a couple of (NAU) guards that came in and had scored it pretty well,” Few said. “He just has to cut down on some of those turnovers.”

--GU scored 31 points in the first nine minutes of the second half.

--Aside from Alberts’ 3-of-4, GU made just 3 of 19 treys.

--The Zags scored 21 points on 15 offensive rebounds and 21 points on 15 NAU turnovers.

--Gonzaga made 53 percent of its shots, 57 percent in the second half.