Men's Basketball Falls to No. 14 Gonzaga, 69-48
Nov. 15, 2016
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Jordan Mathews scored 17 points and No. 14 Gonzaga beat San Diego State 69-48 on Monday night, holding the Aztecs to 28 percent shooting.
Zach Collins added 15 points and Nigel Williams-Goss 10 for Gonzaga (2-0) in the ESPN College Hoops Marathon game.
The teams, which last played in 2010, have been among the most successful in the West in recent years.
San Diego State had trouble scoring, making only 16 of 56 shots, and went long periods without a basket.
Gonzaga shot just 39 percent for the game.
The Aztecs made only five of their first 21 shots and fell behind 23-12.
Mathews had a dunk and a 3-pointer during a 9-0 run to lift Gonzaga to a 34-17 lead.
Gonzaga led 36-21 at halftime after holding the Aztecs to 20 percent shooting. They did not have a field goal in the final 6:27 of the first.
After San Diego State got within 10, Mathews sank a trio of 3-pointers in the span of a couple of minutes to push Gonzaga's lead to 45-29.
The Zags followed that with a 16-0 run, getting three baskets from Collins, for a 61-31 lead. The Aztecs were scoreless for more than 9 minutes, missing 11 shots from the field, and did not threaten again.
San Diego State hosts San Diego Christian on Wednesday.