No. 24 Gonzaga Blasts Cold-Shooting USF Dons

The USF Dons shot less than 26 percent from the floor and the No. 24-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs took advantage, running away with a 69-41 West Coast Conference victory at the McCarthey Athletic Center Monday night in Spokane, Wash.

The Dons (8-6, 1-1 WCC) were just 14-for-54 on the night (25.9 percent) and missed 13 of their first 16 shots in falling behind 19-10. Gonzaga (12-2, 2-0) then extended the lead to 27-12, holding USF without a field goal for more than five minutes, and led 41-23 at the half.

The second half was just more of the same, as USF managed just 18 points in losing their 25th consecutive game at Gonzaga.

Avry Holmes led the Dons with 16 points, the only player from USF to reach double figures. Kruize Pinkins finished with 10 rebounds and three assists and Chris Adams also had three assists.

Drew Barham scored 15 points—all on 3-pointers—and had nine rebounds for the Bulldogs. Przemek Karnowski had 11 points and two blocks, while David Stockton, Kevin Pangos and Gerard Coleman scored 10 points apiece. Stockton added seven assists.

In addition to their overall shooting woes, USF was 6-for-20 (30 percent) from 3-point range and 7-for-17 (41.2 percent) from the foul line.

Gonzaga was 25-for-58 (43.1 percent) overall, 8-for-23 (34.8 percent) from deep and 11-for-20 (55 percent) from the line.

The Bulldogs also won the rebounding battle 46-37 and forced 16 Dons turnovers to just 12 of their own.

USF returns home to host Loyola Marymount in WCC action at War Memorial Gym Thursday night at 7 p.m. Pacific.

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