“It’s laborious not to consider it,” Suggs mentioned. “We attempt to maintain our minds off of it and maintain targeted on the duty at hand.”
On this evening, although, all of it got here so simply — simply because it has all through the event.
Gonzaga, which has had one sport nearer than double digits all season, has cruised previous Norfolk State, Oklahoma, Creighton and U.S.C. with no sport nearer than 16 factors.
The Zags had been so unencumbered on Tuesday that Drew Timme, the mustachioed, headband-wearing sophomore heart from Dallas, appeared to undergo his whole catalog of flexes after scoring — displaying off a bicep, twirling his finger or shaking his head after tossing in a leap hook over Evan Mobley, suggesting that the Trojans’ lithe 7-foot freshman couldn’t guard him.
For one evening, he was not improper. Mobley is more likely to be one of many first gamers picked within the 2021 N.B.A. draft however he had little success attempting to thwart Timme, who performs with endurance and a surfeit of publish strikes.
Timme set the tone for the thumping simply moments into the sport, when he stripped U.S.C. level guard Tahj Eaddy of the ball at one finish and drew a foul from Mobley on the different after pump faking him into the air. He scored 13 of Gonzaga’s first 23 factors. In all, Timme completed with 23 factors, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and three steals.
“It set the tone that, hey, we’re going to be aggressive,” Few mentioned of Timme’s steal. “This factor’s going to start out with protection.”
The one second the Zags’ momentum was slowed was a sobering one. Referee Bert Smith collapsed in entrance of the Gonzaga bench after he had run down the courtroom. He pivoted within the nook after which keeled over, his head hitting the ground with a thud.