Follow the updates and analysis as the Gonzaga Bulldogs face the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Tip is scheduled for 16:27. PT. You can watch the game on TruTV.
Halftime – Gonzaga 53, FDU 17: Bulldogs with a first-class first half against a weary Fairleigh Dickinson team.
Rui Hachimura dominates with 14 points on 5 of 11 shots. The team scored a total of 56.3 percent and 54.4 percent from the depths, while Fairleigh Dickinson held 20 percent off the ground and 27.3 percent from the 3-point range.
Zags rounded the Knights 24-1
Killian Tillie scores 10 points in 4 of 5 shots, including a 3-pointer pair.
Brandon Clarke with eight points and four rebounds, while Zach Norvell Jr. has eight points.
Mike Holloway Jr. scored five points for the Knights, who play their second game in three days.
3:12 – Gonzaga 42, FDU 17: Rui Hachimura has already left his sixth shot before losing Saint Mary. In 5 of 11 shots it is up to 14 points.
Zags shoots at 50 percent from depth, while FDU only makes a 30 percent clip from 3-point distances – not exactly the formula needed to reach the 16: 1 win.
Rebounding advantage for Gonzaga still big, 20-13. Nice response from the Bulldogs after the annoyance of Gaels in Las Vegas last week.
Mark Few remains off the bench in his eight-player rotation of Killian Tilie, Geno Crandall and Jeremy Jones. At this rate, you can certainly imagine some time for Filip Petrusev and the other reserves in the second half.
A great movement and a good pass from Tillie to Crandall lead to the first three-pointer of the night. GU succeeds by going straight into Hachimua and then out to play Corey Kispert's first points.
6:39 – Gonzaga 30, FDU 11: A Moment of "Hold Your Breath" For Gonzaga fans, Brandon Clarke is fouled when he gets an outlier. The big man is right back, but misses both free throws.
FDU puts him on a zone and forces Jeremy Jones a bad pass to a poor pass. Zags have enforced seven Knights sales while only making three.
Clarke climbs to eight points, while Zach Norvell Jr. and Josh Perkins each have five – good balance so far for GU. Rui Hachimura leads all scorers with 10 points.
The perfect description of the game comes just before the media timeout, when Brandon Clarke fetched an offensive rebound, Rui Hachimura does the giving and the end, and Slam ends with both hands.
11:27 – Gonzaga 22, FDU 6: Gonzaga is just a physically better team than ever on both sides of the field.
GU trumps FDU 13-5. Zags has also packed six offensive boards.
The first bucket of the game for Killian Tillie is a wide-open look. GU shoots 42.9 percent off the ground, while FDU is held at 10 percent.
The knights still need to connect from deep to low, from 3 to 0 for 4. The FDU also got into a bit of early trouble when Mike Holloway Jr. picks up his second staff. Holloway is responsible for guarding Rui Hachimura, who scores up to eight points.
15:53 - Gonzaga 11, FDU 4: After only six shots in the championship title loss, Gonzaga is already going to Rui Hachimura he draws three shots in the first minute. The big man can not drop the first two, but the third one is fouled. He has up to six points.
Fairleigh Dickinson sees a few early glances at the bucket, but the rims in Salt Lake City were a bit jumpy in the first few minutes.
The first bucket of the game comes on a 10-foot foot for Brandon Clarke, followed by a three-hand Zach Norvell Jr. hand.
Bulldogs do a great job forcing the knights to look tough, including some long 3-hands that have not come close.
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