Gonzaga dominates Creighton, rolls into Elite Eight with perfect record intact
In a search for perfection, Gonzaga was dominant in another impressive NCAA Tournament performance under head coach Mark Few.
Though Creighton came out strong early in the first half and was able to keep up for a little while, the strength of the Bulldogs was able to gain traction heading into halftime. At the break, Gonzaga already held a 10-point lead, 43-33.
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Heading into the second half, it was more of the same for both sides. Gonzaga pushed the lead all the way to 27 points with just under five minutes remaining before pulling off the gas. From there, the Bulldogs cruised to an 83-65 win over the Bluejays and into the Elite Eight.
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According to ESPN Stats & Info, the latest lopsided win by Gonzaga gives the team a +77 point differential in three Tournament games. That is the second-best mark by a team through three games in the past 10 Tournaments:
Gonzaga has outscored its opponents by 77 points through 3 NCAA Tournament games, the biggest such differential since Kansas in 2017 and 2nd-biggest in the last 3 tournaments.
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The star for the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon was Drew Timme. He poured in a game-high 22 points on a very efficient 10-for-14 shooting night to go with six rebounds and four assists. Star freshman Jalen Suggs was held to just nine points and six turnovers, but it did not matter as every other Gonzaga starter hit double figures.
Marcus Zegarowski led Creighton with 19 points. It was not enough as the Bluejays shot 40.6% from the field and 5-for-23 from three-point range.
In their quest for perfection, Gonzaga moves on to face the winner of the USC vs Oregon matchup. A win there would give the Bulldogs their first trip to the Final Four since 2017.