'Lights Out' Julian Strawther Dazzles Fans as No. 3 Gonzaga Downs No. 14 Grand Canyon

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMarch 18, 2023

DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Julian Strawther #0 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after a play against the Grand Canyon Antelopes during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at Ball Arena on March 17, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Julian Strawther amassed 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs to an 82-70 win over the No. 14 Grand Canyon Antelopes in the first round of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament on Friday.

Gonzaga found itself in some first-half trouble after GCU took a 28-21 lead, but the Bulldogs closed on a 19-8 run thanks in part to Strawther, who scored nine of his 16 first-half points during this span.

That put Gonzaga in position to put its foot on the gas in the second half, where it led by as many as 22.

The defense in particular took over, holding GCU scoreless for six minutes and 30 seconds.

Strawther was the star of this show, however, and Twitter took notice.

Arden Independence Cravalho @a_cravalho

Julian Strawther is lights out!

sheffsaysftwatter @sheffsaysftwat1

God I love Julian Strawther <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MarchMadness?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MarchMadness</a>

Jabroni Raponi @nickraponi


Andy Patton @AndyPattonCBB

A lot of NBA scouts have plenty to report to their bosses about Julian Strawther after today's performance

Draft Lead @DraftLead

Julian Strawther is having himself a game! Could really help almost any NBA team right away

Travis Green @ItsTravisGreen

Have a game, Julian Strawther!

Paul Werner @paulwerner89

Part of the formula for Gonzaga to have tournament success is Julian Strawther being the best player.

Arden Independence Cravalho @a_cravalho

Julian Strawther looking real comfortable in March.

KJ @thegentleman4

Julian Strawther is Gonzaga's best and most important player

Slipper Still Fits @slipperstillfit

Julian Strawther's floater game is lethal.

Sean Coan @SeanaldCoan

Strawther's a lottery pick🤷‍♀️

anTeebullpup🏈 @jsHere4football

Strawther is in his bag tonight!

Gonzaga will now play either No. 6 TCU or No. 11 Arizona State in the second round on Sunday.

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