SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Rasir Bolton scored 24 factors, Drew Timme added 22, and No. 2 Gonzaga beat cold-shooting No. 4 Kentucky 88-72 on Sunday night time within the off-campus Spokane Area.
Julian Strawther had 20 factors and 14 rebounds for Gonzaga, which was coming off its largest margin of defeat since 2014 in a 93-74 loss to No. 11 Texas on Wednesday.
Oscar Tshiebwe had 20 factors and 15 rebounds for Kentucky (3-2), however was in foul bother a lot of the second half.
Kentucky shot simply 39% within the sport, in comparison with 56% for Gonzaga.
Gonzaga (3-1) dominated the primary half. The Bulldogs led 25-15 with lower than eight minutes left within the first, due to holding the Wildcats to 4-of-22 taking pictures. However Gonzaga dedicated eight turnovers to assist hold Kentucky within the sport.
Gonzaga went on a 14-3 run to broaden its cushion to 41-25 by halftime. Tshiebwe, the reigning participant of the yr, had 14 factors within the first half to guide all scorers.
Kentucky discovered its taking pictures contact within the second half, happening a 14-6 run to chop Gonzaga’s result in 47-39. Kentucky’s Cason Wallace and Antonio Reeves then hit consecutive 3-pointers to chop Gonzaga’s lead additional.
However Tshiebwe promptly picked up his fourth foul and sat down with about 13 minutes left within the sport. Timme went off for seven factors and Gonzaga led 65-55 by the point Tshiebwe returned to the lineup.
Bolton hit 4 free throws and a 3-pointer to elevate Gonzaga to an 84-69 lead with 1:20 left to ice the sport.
Kentucky coach John Calipari refused to play this sport at Gonzaga’s dwelling venue, the intimate McCarthey Athletic Heart. The Spokane Area has twice the capability at about 12,000 seats and was packed. Gonzaga is 12-6 all-time on the area, final enjoying there in 2014.
Kentucky: Kentucky misplaced 86-77 to Michigan State in double extra time on Tuesday and beat South Carolina State 106-63 on Thursday, making Sunday its third sport in six days.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs averted consecutive losses for the primary time since 2018. They’ve been ranked within the Prime 5 for 52 consecutive polls.
Kentucky: Hosts North Florida on Wednesday.
Gonzaga: Performs Portland State on the PK85 Invitational in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday.
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