— Gonzaga Basketball (@ZagMBB) November 16, 2018
Third-ranked Gonzaga allowed Texas A&M to stay in the game for the first 14 minutes and then rolled to an easy 94-71 victory Thursday night in front of a rowdy crowd at the McCarthey Center in Spokane, Washington.
In the first home game for Gonzaga against a team from the Southeastern Conference, the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Aggies by shooting 49.2 percent from the field while forcing 14 turnovers and blocking 10 shots.
Guard Zach Norvell scored 22 points to lead Gonzaga, a team that reached the NCAA title game in 2017 and the round of 16 last season. Forward Rui Hachimura produced 18 points and seven rebounds.
Savion Flagg scored 18 and T.J. Starks 16 for A&M.
Both teams entered the game with key players sidelined. Forward Killian Tillie is out for Gonzaga with a leg injury. Guard Admon Gilder did not make the trip for A&M because of unspecified health issues.
Gilder out indefinitely
A&M senior guard Admon Gilder will be out indefinitely due to health issues, according to a story posted on texags.com.
Gilder will remain in Texas for further evaluation while the Aggies travel to Washington and Vancouver in the coming week.
“I’m grateful for our medical team at Texas A&M. They are working diligently to get Admon back to the court as soon as possible, but his overall well-being is our priority,” head coach Billy Kennedy said.
Gilder said he is disappointed that he can’t be with the team this week.
“I understand that my health is important and that resolving this successfully will allow me to continue to pursue basketball for years to come,” he said. “I will overcome with God’s help, for I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
Time for a run.
— Texas A&M Basketball (@aggiembk) November 16, 2018