Kentucky vs. Gonzaga – Men’s College Basketball Game Recap – November 20, 2022

SPOKANE, Wash. — — Gonzaga coach Mark Few wasn’t certain how the No. 2 Bulldogs would play towards No. 4 Kentucky after dropping at No. 11 Texas earlier within the week.

He needn’t have apprehensive.

Rasir Bolton scored 24 factors, Drew Timme added 22, and Gonzaga beat chilly-capturing Kentucky 88-72 on Sunday night time within the off-campus Spokane Arena.

Julian Strawther had 20 factors and 14 rebounds for Gonzaga, which was coming off its greatest margin of defeat since 2014 in Wednesday’s 93-74 loss to the Longhorns.

“You had been hoping that is how your group responds after a disappointing loss,” Few mentioned. “It was actually, actually large.”

Anton Watson had 10 factors and 10 rebounds and spent the night guarding reigning participant of the 12 months Oscar Tshiebwe, who was in foul bother a lot of the sport.

“Anton was phenomenal tonight,” Few mentioned. “He was spectacular.”

Tshiebwe nonetheless completed with 20 factors and 15 rebounds for Kentucky (3-2), which shot simply 39% within the sport in comparison with 56% for Gonzaga.

Gonzaga (3-1) dominated the primary half. The Bulldogs led 25-15 with lower than eight minutes left within the first, holding the Wildcats to 4-of-22 capturing. But Gonzaga dedicated eight turnovers to assist hold Kentucky within the sport.

Gonzaga went on a 14-3 run to broaden its cushion to 41-25 by halftime. Tshiebwe had 14 factors within the first half to steer all scorers.

“I wasn’t stepping up like I ought to,” Tshiebwe mentioned. “I’ve received to get higher.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari pointed to his group’s 25% capturing within the first half as a key.

“We cannot miss each open shot,” Calipari mentioned. “In the primary half it was so embarrassing we could not run a play.”

Kentucky’s Jacob Toppin mentioned the group “received ourselves right into a gap we could not get out of.” But the Wildcats discovered their capturing contact within the second half, happening a 14-6 run to chop Gonzaga’s result in 47-39. Kentucky’s Cason Wallace and Antonio Reeves then hit consecutive 3-pointers.

But Tshiebwe promptly picked up his fourth foul and sat down with about 13 minutes left within the sport. Timme went off for seven factors and Gonzaga led 65-55 by the point Tshiebwe returned to the lineup.

Bolton hit 4 free throws and a 3-pointer to carry Gonzaga to an 84-69 lead with 1:20 left to ice the sport.

Calipari refused to play this sport at Gonzaga’s residence venue, the intimate McCarthey Athletic Center. The Spokane Arena has twice the capability at about 12,000 seats and was packed. Gonzaga is 12-6 all-time on the enviornment, final enjoying there in 2014.

ATTENDANCE RECORD

The sport drew 12,333 followers, the most important crowd ever for any occasion within the historical past of the Spokane Arena.

NUMBERS DON’T LIE

Gonzaga sank 19 of 21 free throws … Kentucky missed all 10 of its 3-level makes an attempt within the first half, however made six of 15 within the second.

BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: The Wildcats misplaced 86-77 to Michigan State in double extra time on Tuesday and beat South Carolina State 106-63 on Thursday, making Sunday their third sport in six days.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs prevented consecutive losses for the primary time since 2018. They have been ranked within the Top 5 for 52 consecutive polls.

UP NEXT

Kentucky: Hosts North Florida on Wednesday.

Gonzaga: Plays Portland State on the PK85 Invitational in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday.

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