Zags use balance to beat Quinnipiac

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Jonathan Williams and Zach Collins led a balanced offense with 13 points apiece, helping No. 11 Gonzaga pull away to an 82-62 victory over Quinnipiac in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational at Disney World on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs (4-0) also got 10 points each from Jordan Mathews and Josh Perkins to advance to the semifinals of the eight-team tournament against Florida or Seton Hall.

Gonzaga used a 12-2 spurt to open a 37-25 lead late in the first half. Silas Melson's basket put the Bulldogs up 48-35 with just under 15 minutes to go, and the closest Quinnipiac (0-3) got after that was 10. Mathews made 3-pointers on successive trips down the floor, sparking a run that enabled the Bulldogs to build the lead to 23.

Peter Kiss led Quinnipiac with 18 points and Daniel Harris added 10. The Bobcats limited Gonzaga's leading scorer, 7-foot-1 Przemek Karnowski, to eight points on 4-for-10 shooting despite not having a player on the roster taller than 6-foot-9 forward Chaise Daniels.


Gonzaga plays Florida or Seton Hall in the tournament semifinals Friday night.

Quinnipiac faces the loser of the first-round game between the Gators and Pirates.



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