Spokane, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Gary Bell Jr. scored 15 points to lead four other players in double digits as Gonzaga used a sizzling first half to cruise to an easy 84-50 victory over West Virginia at McCarthey Athletic Center.
Guy Landi Edi added 14 points, Kevin Pangos had 13, Elias Harris 11 and Michael Hart added 10 off the bench for the Bulldogs, who improved to 2-0 after outscoring the Mountaineers, 45-18, in the first half.
Gonzaga shot 52 percent from the floor, including 9 of 16 from 3-point distance, and hit 23 of 36 from the line. The Bulldogs also had 17 assists and held a 33-31 rebounding advantage.
Murray was the only West Virginia (0-1) player to reach double figures with 14 points. Jabarie Hinds added nine and Gary Browne scored seven for coach Bob Huggins, who couldn’t hide his displeasure after the game.
“It’s embarrassing,” said Huggins. “I care way too much about this University, the program and the state for this to happen. It’s my job to fix it and I’ve got to fix it.”
Aside from its woeful 27.3 percent shooting, West Virginia also turned the ball over 18 times and was whistled for 28 fouls.
“I think we have to find out who wants to play and who really wants to play,” Huggins added. “We’ve missed shots before and we’ve thrown it around a little bit before but we’ve always competed. That’s the biggest problem I have.”
The Bulldogs stormed to a 15-point lead in the first 12 minutes of play and extended it to 34-12 after Bell’s five-point swing.
In the second half, West Virginia reduced the deficit to 18 points, 50-32, before Gonzaga ran off seven straight points to regain a 25-point lead.