Spokane, WA (Sports Network) - Przernek Karnowski scored a team-high 22
points, as No.21 Gonzaga easily dispatched Southern Utah, 103-65, in the
season opener for both teams.
Five others scored in double-figures for the Bulldogs (1-0), who lost to Ohio
State in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season. Guy Landry Edi
posted 16 points and seven rebounds, Sam Dower poured in 15, while David
Stockton and Elias Harris netted 12 points apiece.
Jackson Stevenett scored a game-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting and pulled
down six boards for the Thunderbirds (0-1), who begin their first season as a
member of the Big Sky Conference under new head coach Nick Robinson.
Collie Wade was the only other player in double-digits for Southern Utah. He
scored 10 points in the loss.
Gonzaga took control early and after Kevin Pangos drained a three to put the
Bulldogs up 5-2, they never looked back. Shortly thereafter, the Zags went on
a 10-0 run and took a 19-8 lead. Edi stole the ball from Chris Nsenki and
threw down a fastbreak dunk to build the advantage to 14 with 3:45 to play in
Up 44-27 to start the second half, Gonzaga continued to roll and began the
period on a 12-2 run, capped by Dower's layup. With just under seven minutes
left, Edi knocked down a jumper to extend the Bulldogs' margin to 38,
matching their largest lead of the game.
Friday's meeting was the first between the two teams since Nov. 3, 1996 ...
Southern Utah turned the ball over 28 times compared to just nine for Gonzaga.
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