Zags' frontcourt overpowers Bryant in blowout win

Przemek Karnowski, Johnathan Williams and Zach Collins combined for 60 points in their blowout of Bryant.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Przemek Karnowski scored 22 points and Johnathan Williams added 20 to help No. 14 Gonzaga beat Bryant 109-70 on Friday night.

Zach Collins added 18 points for Gonzaga (3-0), which is seeking a 19th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Nisre Zouzoua scored 22 points and Adam Grant had 17 for undersized Bryant (1-2), which lost to Gonzaga the only previous time the teams met, in 2013.

Both teams are known as the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga was coming off a 69-48 win over San Diego State on Monday that was the Aztecs' largest margin of defeat in nine seasons, a span of 260 games.

The Zags built an early lead and slowly extended it for most of the game. Bryant was undone by 23 turnovers.

Nigel Williams-Goss scored nine Gonzaga points in a row for a 20-10 lead midway through the first.

Collins scored seven straight points as Gonzaga pushed its lead to 27-12. At that point the Zags had made 11-of-15 field goals.

Grant hit consecutive 3-pointers to bring Bryant to 34-25. But Gonzaga went on an 11-2 run to rebuild its lead to 18 points.

Gonzaga led 50-38 at halftime, thanks to 16 points by Karnowski and 63 percent shooting. Grant had 17 points for Bryant in the first, including four 3-pointers, and they shot nearly 54 percent from the field.

Both teams cooled off from the field in the second half, but Gonzaga relentlessly pulled away for the easy win.

BIG PICTURE

Bryant: Scrappy but undersized Bryant couldn't overcome Gonzaga's size and hot shooting.

Gonzaga: Taller Gonzaga had trouble putting Bryant away early despite good shooting, especially in the first half. Zags pull away in the second.

UP NEXT

Bryant plays at Eastern Washington in nearby Cheney in the Legends Classic on Monday.

Gonzaga plays Quinnipiac at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday.

Associated Press


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