James Snook-US PRESSWIRE
Elias Harris scored 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the win over South Dakota.
Once again, the Zags offense and defense came together and outmatched the South Dakota Coyotes 96-58 to improve to 3-0. They did this behind senior forward Elias Harris' outstanding performance. He scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds.
The defense again kept their opponents to below 40 percent from the field. The Coyotes struggled all night to get an offensive flow going and committed 20 turnovers. Junior point guard David Stockton snatched six steals to lead the Bulldogs.
Also, the Zags dominated the glass, out-rebounding South Dakota +38. In fact, Gonzaga had as many offensive rebounds (19) as the Coyotes had total rebounds. Gonzaga took advantage of the second-chance opportunities as South Dakota fell behind early and never came close.
Off the bench, freshman phenom Przemek Karnowski made a massive impact as he scored 20 points, on 9-for-10 shooting, to lead all Bulldogs. With that performance, Karnowski is shooting an astonishing 73.3 percent from the field on the season.
But Gonzaga's biggest weakness showed once more. The team shot a horrendous 26.7 percent from the free-throw line on 4-of-15 shooting.
The Zags can get away with poor shooting in blowout games, but when they finally find themselves in a close one, they will need to make their free throws.
Or they will be in big trouble.