Gon­zaga re­pels Iowa State rally

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No. 11 Gon­zaga dom­i­nated the first half and over­come sig­nif­i­cant strug­gles in the fi­nal 20 min­utes to beat No. 21 Iowa State 73-71 on Sun­day in the Ad­voCare In­vi­ta­tional cham­pi­onship game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Gon­zaga nearly blew an 18-point sec­ond-half lead.

“I def­i­nitely think we got a lit­tle ten­ta­tive in the sec­ond half, and you can’t do that, es­pe­cially when you’re play­ing such a good team,” said Nigel Wil­liams-Goss, Gon­zaga’s top scorer with 18 points. “They’re just not go­ing to go away with­out a fight.”

Josh Perkins added 12 points and Prze­mek Karnowski 11 for Gon­zaga (6-0).

Iowa State (5-1) got 29 points from Deonte Bur­ton, 21 in the sec­ond half.

“My team­mates trusted me,” Bur­ton said.

Af­ter the Cy­clones fell be­hind by 18 early in the sec­ond half, they used full­court pres­sure to key a 15-0 run that cut the deficit to 58-55 with 13 min­utes left in the sec­ond half. Bur­ton had 11 points dur­ing that stretch.

“Ev­ery­thing was click­ing for ev­ery­one,” Bur­ton said. “It was our de­fense that re­ally helped us. Our de­fense made our of­fense.”

Monte Mor­ris’ jumper with 4 min­utes re­main­ing got Iowa State within 70-69.

But Bur­ton missed a 3pointer with Iowa State down 72-71 with 17 sec­onds re­main­ing. The game ended when Mor­ris’ shot that came af­ter the buzzer rimmed out any­way. Hoosiers back on track: OG Anunoby scored 21 points and grabbed eight re­bounds, Robert John­son added 14 points and No. 3 In­di­ana routed Mis­sis­sippi Valley State 85-52 in Bloom­ing­ton, Ind.

Thomas Bryant had 13 points and 11 re­bounds for the Hoosiers (4-1), who were com­ing off an over­time loss to In­di­ana-Pur­due Fort Wayne but had no prob­lem han­dling the win­less Delta Dev­ils (0-8).

The Hoosiers led by as many as 17 points in the first half, and their largest lead of the game was 35. Twenty of In­di­ana’s bas­kets came by way of an as­sist, with Josh Newkirk and Cur­tis Jones com­bin­ing for 11. The Hoosiers outscored the Delta Dev­ils 34-20 in the paint and 19-8 in sec­ond-chance points.

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