Gonzaga Stays Undefeated in WCAC Play with 65-61 Victory Over St. John’s
On Thursday evening in Northwest D.C. Gonzaga walked away a four point victor over host St. Johns in front of a packed, hostile crowd.
You could tell from the start this was going to be a good one. Both student sections were lively — to say the least. The game was a back and forth affair that saw numerous lead changes, and gritty play from both teams. In the end Gonzaga avenged their loss from last year at St. John’s to continue their remarkable season.
Gonzaga got huge production from Kris Jenkins (22 points), Charles Glover (18 points), and sophomore sensation Bryant Crawford (14 points). But what was most impressive about Gonzaga was the way they shared the ball. You could count on one hand the number of field goals they had (that didn’t come off of offensive rebound putbacks) that were unassisted. All five of Gonzaga’s starters had multiple assists, and there willingness to share the ball and pass up open shots to get teammates easier shots was very impressive. Gonzaga definitely has the chemistry to do something special this year. They have the senior leadership and experience that’s almost always present on championship caliber teams and they have some phenomenal underclassmen, so the future is bright as well.
St. John’s played their normal up-tempo style of ball, shooting lot’s of threes and playing pesky D that turned into a lot of transition buckets. They were led by reserve forward James Palmer who scored 17 points off the bench. Tre Campbell was held to a season low five points. It was the third time in 15 games he was held in single digits. Darian Bryant had a big game, scoring 16 points.
Gonzaga shot an uncharacteristic 8-16 from the free throw line while St. Johns connected on six of their nine attempts.
With the win Gonzaga improves to a perfect 5-0 in the WCAC and 12-2 overall. St. Johns is now 12-5 and 5-3 in league play. Up next for Gonzaga is a trip to Good Counsel next Tuesday followed by a date with Dematha next Thursday, January 17th. St. Johns is off for the next eight nights before returning to action on January 19th versus Good Counsel.