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Sport No. 5 Gonzaga, last unbeaten team, hosts No. 21 Saint Mary's

17:25  14 january  2017
17:25  14 january  2017 Source:   ap.org

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Nigel Williams-Goss scored 19 points and No . 5 Gonzaga beat archrival No . 21 Saint Mary ' s 79-56 on Saturday night to remain the only undefeated team in Division I college basketball.

Zags move to 17–0, only perfect team remaining in college basketball after a 79–56 win over No . 21 Saint Mary ’ s . In what was said to be the most imminent In what was said to be the most imminent threat to the Zags’ unbeaten season, the Bulldogs did as they have done all year, and that is win.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Fifth-ranked Gonzaga typically doesn't get tested much after West Coast Conference play begins. But the undefeated Bulldogs face one of their biggest remaining challenges when No. 21 Saint Mary's visits on Saturday.

The Zags (16-0, 4-0 West Coast) are the last remaining undefeated team in the nation, and they have romped through their first four conference games, winning by an average of more than 25 points.

Saint Mary's figures to be a bit tougher. The Gaels actually dealt Gonzaga a rare home loss last season.

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Saint Mary ’ s is scoreless over the last 6:18. Zags now just five-plus minutes from completing a perfect run through the West Coast Conference. 10:31 – Gonzaga 53, Saint Mary ’ s 44: After a speedy start to the half, both teams are settling into the game a little more as buckets are getting harder to come by.

No . 5 Gonzaga remained the only undefeated team in the nation, recording a 79-56 win over No . 21 Saint Mary ' s on Saturday at Spokane, Wash., in a showdown between the top West Coast Conference programs. The top three scorers for the Bulldogs (17-0, 5-0 WCC) were transfers experiencing the

''That sticks with you,'' guard Silas Melson said. ''It hurts when somebody comes into your house and takes your win away from you.''

But Melson admitted it is good to have a tough archrival in a league where Gonzaga often blows out opponents. The Bulldogs beat Loyola Marymount 93-55 on Thursday night for their 16th consecutive win, the longest streak in the nation.

''It makes it a lot more fun when you have a league game that's hyped up this much,'' Melson said.

Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski missed last season's games against Saint Mary's with injury, but the senior knows all about the rivalry.

''It's Saint Mary's,'' Karnowski said. ''They're either in front of us or behind us - mostly behind - but the rivalry is there.''

Added guard Josh Perkins: ''This is definitely a game we circle on our calendars.''

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No. 1 Gonzaga got 19 points from big man Przemek Karnowski to knock off No. 20 Saint Mary ' s 74-64 on Saturday night at the McKeon Pavilion. Gonzaga 74, Saint Mary ' s 64 (Final). Gonzaga moves to 26-0 with four winnable games left on the regular-season schedule.

The Gonzaga – Saint Mary ' s men' s basketball rivalry is an intra-West Coast Conference college basketball rivalry between the Saint Mary ' s Gaels men' s basketball team of Saint Mary ' s College of California in Moraga

Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett is fielding perhaps his best team at the school. The Gaels (15-1, 5-0 WCC) beat Portland 74-33 on Thursday night.

Gonzaga will visit Saint Mary's on Feb. 11. There's a pretty good chance the teams will meet a third time in the conference tournament in Las Vegas.

While Saint Mary's is a veteran team that returned nearly its entire roster from last season, Gonzaga started the season with a lot of newcomers.

Three starters - Nigel Williams-Goss, Jordan Mathews and Johnathan Williams - are transfers who are in their first season playing for the Zags. Freshmen Zach Collins and Killian Tillie are key contributors off the bench.

All five of those players have yet to lose in a Gonzaga uniform.

Williams-Goss, who played his first two seasons at Washington, this week was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list. The award is presented to the nation's most outstanding basketball player.

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In a loaded weekend, Saint Mary ' s - Gonzaga is a must-watch. Przemek Karnowski and Gonzaga That honor goes to one of the last games of the day: No . 21 Saint Mary ' s at No . 5 Gonzaga , a 10 So, to review: Saint Mary ' s at Gonzaga will feature the nation' s last unbeaten team , its chief rival

LAS VEGAS — Saint Mary ’ s heard for weeks about the NCAA tournament bubble. First four in, first four out, fortunate to be in the discussion to be included in the field of 68. Tired of all the chatter, the Gaels put an emphatic end to it, popping the bubble by taking down a team no one outside their

Williams-Goss leads Gonzaga in scoring (15 points per game), rebounds (6.1 per game), assists (4.8 per game) and steals (1.7 per game).

He said there is no doubt he made the right decision to transfer across the state.

''Since day one, I feel like it is a perfect fit,'' he said.


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