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ZagNative
02-10-2017, 07:20 AM
Spokesman-Review Gamer, with links to audio interviews. I especially enjoyed Nigel's interview! (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/feb/09/gonzagas-focus-remains-sharp-in-rout-of-lmu/)

“I feel like we’ve done it all year,” junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss said. “For games like Saturday, you can’t just expect to turn it on. We preach having great practices, great games, regardless of who we’re playing.

“So when we do get in these big games like Saturday, we only know how to play one way. It’s been a recipe for success for us.”

It’s one of the benefits of the Zags’ experienced rotation. Przemek Karnowski has played in 138 career games at Gonzaga. Silas Melson is closing in on 100. Josh Perkins is at 65.

Transfers Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington) and Johnathan Williams (Missouri) were two-year starters at power conference programs. Jordan Mathews brought three years of seasoning from Cal as a graduate transfer.

Freshmen Zach Collins and Killian Tillie, who had one of his best games of the season, don’t play like freshmen.

“This was the game that we needed to take care of,” Karnowski said. “We won, and we’re on to Saint Mary’s.”
The biggest challenge presented by the Lions was their physical play. LMU didn’t back down, even when trailing by 20-plus points for most of the second half. This one was filled with hard fouls, floor burns and players from both teams taking nasty falls.

“It was one of the more physical games of the season,” freshman forward Killian Tillie said. “They were hitting us and it was tough. I think we did a great job staying calm and answering on the court.”

ZagNative
02-10-2017, 07:33 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14we2XAOXP4

ZagNative
02-10-2017, 07:42 AM
Stats summary comparison (http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=139448):

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ZagNative
02-10-2017, 07:51 AM
Vince Grippi, from the Spokesman-Review (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/feb/09/tv-take-thursdays-gonzaga-lmu-broadcasters-like-th/):

The Lions did that the old-fashioned way, with physical play.

The most egregious example of that – there were at least six harder-than-they-needed-to-be fouls out of the 31 called on LMU – came with 2 minutes and 20 seconds left in the first half.

Gonzaga led 41-25. Williams-Goss, who missed the Santa Clara game with an ankle injury, was driving to the rim in transition. And 6-foot-7, 255-pound Shamar Johnson body-blocked him to the floor.

No attempt at the ball, something Quis and Dickau noticed before the replays. Nothing but a shot, seemingly aimed at taking Williams-Goss out of the game.

Though Johnson earned a Flagrant 1 foul, which meant two free throws and the ball, he wasn’t ejected. And the Lions, whose coach Mike Dunlap could be seen in one replay happily clapping about Johnson’s play, weren’t deterred.

ZagNative
02-10-2017, 08:05 AM
AP Story by STEVE DILBECK (http://www.goskagit.com/sports/ap/no-gonzaga-remains-unbeaten/article_2302a550-8a17-59fe-9ea3-c50fd5ae2866.html)

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/goskagit.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/7e/c7efb3fb-f4b3-521f-87b8-648b9b6ea75b/589d50240c896.image.jpg

The Bulldogs have no problem deferring to whoever has the hot hand.

"This is the most balanced team we've had," Williams-Goss said. "And we have all that size."

That also makes for a more aggressive team and that was demonstrated at the free throw line, where Gonzaga made 34 of 44, while Loyola went to the line only eight times, making four.

"That's a huge disparity," Dunlap said. "Too many turnovers led to fast break opportunities."

Johnathan Williams had 13 points for Gonzaga, while Jordan Matthews, Zach Collins and Killian Tillie each had 11.

ZagNative
02-10-2017, 08:24 AM
Daily Breeze - No. 1 Gonzaga routs Loyola Marymount (http://www.dailybreeze.com/sports/20170209/no-1-gonzaga-routs-loyola-marymount)

The top-ranked Bulldogs (25-0, 13-0) secured their 10th consecutive 25-win season while continuing their reign as the nation’s only undefeated team.

Gonzaga imposed its will, bullying its way to 42 points in the paint while shooting 54.2 percent from the field. The Bulldogs also lived on the free-throw line. They made four times more free throws than the Lions attempted. Gonzaga was 34 of 44 from the stripe, while LMU (11-13, 4-9) was only 4 of 8.

LMU’s 17 turnovers gave way to the free-throw disparity, Lions coach Mike Dunlap said, as Gonzaga got out in transition quickly.

“They get it out and go on you,” Dunlap said. “It’s very subtle, but they run. They’re a good running team.”

Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga’s leading scorer, returned from a one-game absence because of a sprained ankle. The Washington transfer had a team-high 19 points on 5 for 8 shooting and 11 rebounds. He was 9 for 10 from the free-throw line.

Williams-Goss is one of three transfers from power conference schools in Gonzaga’s starting lineup and their maturity provides steadiness as the team chases a perfect regular season with only five games remaining.