SPOKANE, Wash. (NDSU Athletics) – The No. 1-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs exploded for a 102-60 win over the North Dakota State men’s basketball team on Monday evening inside the McCarthey Athletic Center.
It was the second time in NDSU’s Division I history that the Bison took on the No. 1 team in the country. NDSU also played at No. 1 Indiana on Nov. 12, 2012.
The Bison held a 19-18 lead nearly 10 minutes into the game after freshman Jarius Cook knocked down a jumper. Gonzaga scored the next 19 straight points to go ahead 37-19 with less than five minutes left in the half.
The Bulldogs shot 72 percent in the first half to hold a 53-25 lead at the break.
Junior point guard Vinnie Shahid scored a season-high 16 points to lead the Bison, and Deng Geu and Cameron Hunter both added 12 points for NDSU. The Bison grabbed a season-high 12 offensive rebounds in the game.
Gonzaga was led by 18 points apiece from Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura. The Bulldogs shot 64 percent for the game and 15-for-28 (54 percent) from three-point range. It was the highest opponent field goal percentage allowed by the Bison since Southern Miss shot 64.4 percent against NDSU on Dec. 3, 2014.
NDSU travels to Minneapolis next to play Drake at the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic on Saturday, Dec. 1.