Gonzaga had a game Thursday night – for one half, anyway. The No. 1 Bulldogs led San Francisco 42-35 at halftime but doubled them up and then some over the final 20 minutes. Gonzaga outscored the Dons 54-26 in the second half to win 96-61.
“It’s just a team effort,” Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “We tried to keep the guys out of the lane and choke down on their three-pointers. That’s how it goes every day. Stop a team from shooting threes and try to block their shots. Make teams take tough 2s. That’s our goal.”
Nigel Williams-Gross scored a game-high 30 points for the Zags, while Przemek Karnowski scored 23. Four of the five Dons starters, meanwhile, combined for just 15 points.
“They’re actually a pretty good team,” said Williams, who had a game-high 11 rebounds. “They knock down shots. They run a Princeton-style offense with a lot of back cuts and they make a lot of reads. You don’t really expect what they’re going to do so you have no idea. You just got to play solid and (shut) down their offense. You got be able to get stops, and that’s what we was able to do tonight.”
Gonzaga is now 27-0 and closing in on an undefeated regular season. The Zags have lay-ups against Pacific (10-18) and at San Diego (11-16) before a regular-season finale against BYU (19-9) on Feb. 25.
Gonzaga, however, is only focused on Pacific.
“We’re not really focused on the outside,” Williams said. “We’re just focused on ourselves and trying to get better each and every day. Don’t let the outside noise get to you, don’t let the outsiders separate us, and stay focused on the main goal at hand, which is to win the championship.”
Williams, who played for Missouri for two years before transferring to Gonzaga, has throughly enjoyed playing for Mark Few.
“He’s a great coach,” Williams said. “He was able to sit down with me at the beginning of the season and say what he wanted from me. It’s just an awesome run being coached by one of the greatest to ever do it.”