Drew Timm and Nolan Hickman each scored 20 points as No. 9 Gonzaga (14-3, 3-0) recovered from an early deficit to Santa Clara (14-5, 2-2) in Levy on Saturday. Lost) Won 81-76. center.
Here are three key takeaways from Gonzaga’s victory.
nolan hickman step up
After scoring eight total points in the Zags’ first two West Coast Conference matchups, Hickman finished with a career-high 20 points against Santa Clara.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer to give the Zags a 76-74 lead with 1 minute and 13 seconds remaining. The buckets ignited a 7-0 scoring run that put the game out of reach for the Broncos.
“I definitely took it upon myself,” Hickman said of his final three-point make. I took it.”
Hickman made four 3-pointers and shot Santa Clara 8-9 from the field. He also recorded two assists, two rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes.
“We challenged him to handle the ball and do things like that, but the way he shot was obviously the big shot,” said Gonzaga head coach Mark Few. .
tim bounce back
Against San Francisco on Thursday, Tim didn’t do much.
The two-time All-American forward went 16-for-3 on shooting against the Dons. This was their most inefficient performance of the season.
Tim’s struggles continued to kick off Saturday’s contest, where he lost 4–0 before being substituted with 10 minutes and 23 seconds left in the first half.
A few minutes later, Tim returned to the game to check in and immediately scored his first point with a free throw after being fouled.
His first two field goals were two layups to cap off a 13-0 scoring run for the Zags, who trailed by one with 4 minutes and 28 seconds before halftime.
Tim appeared to regain his offensive rhythm as he finished off another layup before the break and scored Gonzaga’s first four points to start the second half.
As Timme’s point total increased, so did his efficiency. After shooting 3-for-8 from the field and 1-for-3 on free throws in the first half, he went 4-for-7 on field goal attempts and 5-for-7 on the charity stripes in the second half.
In addition to scoring 20 points, Tim had six rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 37 minutes.
It was an amazing turnaround for Tim, who went 36 minutes and 16 seconds without a throwback field goal in the first half of Thursday’s game against San Francisco.
“I work on … a lot and I have confidence in myself and my coaches and my teammates. “
After avoiding upsets in back-to-back games, Tim appreciated his team’s efforts during their trip to the Bay Area.
“This was a tough, tough-ass road trip,” said Tim. “It’s good to be tested like this. No, we’re just getting tournament experience. “
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After playing 4.3 minutes per game for Illinois last season, Pojemski’s move to Santa Clara didn’t get much attention across the WCC.
That changed when he had 30 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists in the season opener in an 84-72 win over Eastern Washington.
Pojemski, a 6-foot-5 guard, lived up to the hype in his first matchup against Gonzaga. He ended Saturday’s loss with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes.
Pojemski did most of the damage in the first half, scoring 13 points before the break and helping Santa Clara jump out to a 20–8 lead with less than seven minutes of play.
He was second in scoring for the Broncos, led by a 22-point show from forward Keshaun Justice.
“They’re good,” few people ever said of Santa Clara. “They have good size and I thought their intensity was really good tonight. Especially in the post, their physicality was really good.”