No. 1 Gonzaga beats Northwestern State for 2nd night in row

Drew Timme had 25 points and nine rebounds as top-ranked Gonzaga held off a late challenge to beat Northwestern State 95-78 on Tuesday for the second night in a row.Jalen Suggs added 19 points and Corey Kispert had 18 for Gonzaga (6-0), which owns the nation’s longest home win streak at 41 games.Jairus Roberson scored 15 points to lead Northwestern State (1-9), which was playing its fourth game in five nights.The Zags cruised to a 95-57 victory over Northwestern State on Monday.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMThe last time Gonzaga hosted the same non-conference opponent on back-to-back days was a pair of victories over Eastern Montana in 1965.Gonzaga jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes and led 24-2 after nine minutes. The Demons made just one of their first 12 shots.Gonzaga led 43-17 at halftime, after Northwestern State shot just 27% from the floor and committed 16 turnovers that the Zags converted into 17 points.The Demons opened the second half with a 13-2 run to cut Gonzaga’s lead to 45-30. The Zags replied with a 12-2 spurt to push their lead back to 25 points.A barrage of 3-pointers brought the Demons to 75-64 with seven minutes left. But it was their last gasp.Timme scored seven points as the Zags pushed the margin to 84-64 with just over three minutes left.POLL IMPLICATIONSBeating Northwestern State twice should help the Zags retain the No. 1 ranking.BIG PICTURENorthwestern State: The Demons have played seven of their first nine games on the road.Gonzaga: Bulldogs coach Mark Few said his team desperately needs to play games, which is why the Zags played the Demons twice in a row. … The West Coast Conference selected Suggs, a freshman, as its player of the week for his 27-point effort against No. 3 Iowa — in just his fourth game.UP NEXTNorthwestern State plays at Washington State on Wednesday.Gonzaga plays its fourth ranked opponent when it faces No. 16 Virginia on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.


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