The No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs finish up its three-game homestand to start the season by hosting the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. This is just the second time that the Bulldogs have faced the Fighting Hawks since UND became a D-I member and sixth all-time. Gonzaga has won all five of the previous matchups including the most recent matchup 89-83 in 2017.
Fighting Hawks aiming for big upsetNorth Dakota has not played since last Tuesday when the Hawks defeated D-III Crown College 86-61 to give coach Paul Sather his first victory as a D-I head coach. De'Sean Allen-Eikens led the way for UND with 22 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. The 6-5 redshirt freshman guard connected on eight of 12 shots from the field, including three of four from beyond the arc. 6-9 sophomore Fillip Rebraca added 20 points along with 11 rebounds for his third career double-double while the Hawks' leading returning scorer Marlon Stewart chipped in with 12 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
UND shot 50% (33 of 66) from the field and 45.5% (10 of 22) from beyond the arc for the game. The Hawks hauled in 54 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive end, doled out 17 assists, and committed 19 turnovers. Defensively, UND limited Crown to 34.3% shooting from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc. They also allowed just four offensive rebounds and forced 11 turnovers.
Gonzaga looking to continue to rollGonzaga has rolled through its first two games of the season, putting up 205 points, which is the ninth-most in the nation, in two games. Gonzaga got a career-high 25 points from Filip Petrusev to lead six players who scored reached double figures in the Zags 110-60 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday. Petrusev, who made nine of 10 shots from the field against Arkansas State, has been very aggressive and active on the offensive end this year. The 6-11 sophomore leads the team with 20 points on 73.5% shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds and two blocks. Admon Gilder and Drew Timme each tossed in 15 points while Ryan Woolridge contributed 14 points along with nine rebounds on Saturday. Anton Winton added 12 points, as well as, eight rebounds and Corey Kispert finished with 10 points after scoring a career-high 28 against Alabama State.
Kispert (19 points, three 3-pointers, 3.5 assists) is second on the team in scoring and tops the squad in three-pointers. Kispert is shooting the ball well, as he is making 61.9% of his shots from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. Gilmer (13.5 points, 2.5 three-pointers), Timme (13 points, five rebounds), Wooldridge (12.5 points, 7.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds) also are averaging double figures. Meanwhile, Joel Ayayi appears that he is significantly improved from last year when he saw just 5.6 minutes of action.
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Gonzaga is averaging 102.5 points and shooting a nation-leading 60% from the field along with 44.2% from beyond the arc. The Zags also ranks sixth nationally with 23 assists a game. Also, they are grabbing 10 offensive rebounds while committing 10 turnovers a game.
Defensively, Gonzaga is allowing 62 points a game, although their opponents are shooting 44.8% from the field and 42.3% from beyond the arc.
- Fighting Hawks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Fighting Hawks are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games.
The following trends are courtesy of Covers.com:
- Bulldogs are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Tuesday games.
- Bulldogs are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Bulldogs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
- Bulldogs are 19-9 ATS in their last 28 home games.