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Gonzaga Closes Out The Year With 112-67 Win Over Dixie State


#Gonzaga closed out 2020 in dominant fashion, welcoming the #Dixie #State #Trailblazers to #Division I basketball with a 112-67 blowout.

#Joel #Ayayi was exceptional as he finished the evening with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists, with the only thing stopping him from hitting a triple-double being #Gonzaga’s big lead and the opportunity to get quality minutes for his younger teammates. #Corey #Kispert had another big offensive performance with 25 points (4-6 3PT FG) in a shooting clinic. #Oumar #Ballo had his best collegiate game as he went a perfect 6-6 from the field en route to a career high 17 points to go with 5 rebounds. #Dominick #Harris and #Julian #Strawther also put in strong shifts with 8 points apiece, with #Harris adding 5 rebounds and 3 assists as well.

The #Trailblazers kept it competitive through the first 10 minutes of the game with clean execution on the offensive end which allowed them to keep pace with their hosts. #For a team that just made the jump up from #Division II to #Division I (though they were one of the best DII programs over the last few years), it was impressive to see them hang around with the nation’s top-ranked team for as long as they did.

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#But, #Gonzaga has the likes of #Ayayi and #Kispert, and #Dixie #State does not. The veteran duo was unguardable. #Ayayi once again flirted with a triple-double, while #Kispert continued to burn the nets.

The #Zags pulled away very quickly during the final stretch of the first half and the #Lumberjacks had a front row seat to what the best offense in college basketball looks like. #Dixie #State likes to play an uptempo brand of basketball, but the #Lumberjacks were at the receiving end of a transition offense clinic from the #Zags who are the best at getting the ball quickly up the floor and putting the ball in the bottom of the net before the opposing defense can get set.

#Gonzaga continued the offensive clinic in the second half. The bench had another opportunity to play extended minutes, and took advantage, as #Ballo, #Strawther, and #Harris all flashed the qualities that make them key pieces to #Gonzaga’s future.

#Ballo played the best game of his brief career, embracing the physicality of college basketball and finishing an assortment of chances in the paint. #You can see the traits that have the fan base dreaming of what he could be after a few years with the GU staff.

#Gonzaga’s dominance even allowed an opportunity for the newest member of the team—#Ben #Gregg—to get his first taste of college basketball. #It was a few minutes where we got a glimpse even further into #Gonzaga’s future as the team took the last few dribbles of 2020.



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