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Drew Timme leads No. 2 Gonzaga rolling past No. 4 Kentucky for huge bounce back win

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Drew Timm led Gonzaga to a dominant victory over Kentucky on Sunday night in Spokane. (James Snook/USA Today)

Gonzaga bounced back Sunday night.

The Bulldogs, days after they lost to No. 11 Texas in a road upset, flew past No. 4 Kentucky for a dominant 88–72 victory in Spokane.

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Gonzaga, too, wasted no time in what is the first of a series about home and home with Kentucky. The Bulldogs opened the game 19–6, which increased to 16 points by halftime. They shut out Kentucky on offense, holding it at 25% from the field in the first half and 0-for-10 from the three-point line. Only thanks to Oscar Chibwa, who scored 14 points and made seven rebounds in the first half, Kentucky remained remotely in the game.

“We missed every hit,” said Kentucky coach John Calipari. via Ryan Black of the Louisville Courier Journalcalling the Wildcats’ first-half performance “embarrassing”.

“You don’t have to do them all, you just can’t miss them all … Gonzaga played well.”

Although Kentucky cut the lead to five points early in the second half, his run did not last long. Drew Timm provoked another Bulldogs response by extending his lead to double figures before Rasir Bolton went 7-0 alone, keeping the Wildcats scoreless in the final three minutes to seal the win by 16 points.

Sunday’s Gonzaga win was even more impressive given how badly the Bulldogs looked on Wednesday night. Texas shut them out in Austin en route to a 93–74 win, 26 points behind Tyrese Hunter. The Bulldogs had 20 losses in this competition.

Timme finished with 22 points and seven rebounds, hitting 9-of-13 from the field in Sunday night’s win over Gonzaga, which improved to 3-1. Bolton added 24 points, 10 of which came in the final stretch and scored 4 of 8 from behind the arc, while Julian Strouter added 20 points to the Bulldogs.

Chibwe led Kentucky with 20 points and 15 rebounds, with Cason Wallace adding 14 points. Antonio Reeves was the only other Wildcat to hit double figures with 10 points off the bench. Kentucky threw just 39.1% from the field as a team, while Gonzaga threw 56.4%.

Kentucky have lost twice in three games since losing twice in overtime to Michigan State last week in the Champions Classic.




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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