Rivalry Renewed — Gonzaga Downs DeMatha 61-52
On Thursday night in Northeast, Washington, Gonzaga survived a late DeMatha run that saw their 14 point lead get trimmed to two in the fourth quarter. Gonzaga would pull away in the last few minutes to win by nine at Galludet.
DeMatha made a concerted effort to get the ball to BeeJay Anya on the block in positions where he could score all night. Anya did a great job of sealing his defender and finishing around the bucket. But outside of that and a handful of Corey Henson 3-balls it was all Gonzaga, all night.
Kris Jenkins led the way for the eagles scoring a game high 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Charles Glover continued his hot shooting as he scored 14. And sophomore sensation Bryant Crawford scored 12 points and had a couple of beautiful dimes. Gonzaga as a team shot 22-30 from the free throw line. DeMatha shot 5-11.
Gonzaga continues to give Magruder a run for their money as the team that shares the basketball better then any team in the DMV. On Thursday night the Eagles finished with 16 assists on their 18 field goals. In the first half 12 of their 13 field goals were assisted on. Four of their five second half field goals were assisted on, the other field goal was a Charles Glover putback off of an offensive rebound. Everyone on the team shares the ball. Their three combo guards share it incredibly well, Kris Jenkins is superb at finding the open man out of the double team, and even big man Jordan Abdur Ra’oof passes out of the low post and from the high post exceptionally well.
BeeJay Anya played perhaps his best game of the season. The N.C. State commit finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocked shots. He was never in foul trouble and hit two of his four free throw attempts. He is now shooting 43.7% on the season. Jairus Lyles scored 17 and junior Corey Henson finished with 13 including a sequence in the first quarter where he scored nine points in a minute and 16 seconds.
The rematch will be on February 3rd at 2PM at DeMatha.