The Gonzaga Bulldogs suddenly looked human after all, falling to San Diego State in Spokane, 79-76. The Aztecs simply overpowered Gonzaga, out-rebounding the Bulldogs 33-26 despite being severely undersized. Even more telling was the work done on the offensive glass. San Diego State gathered in 18 offensive boards to just eight for the Bulldogs.
The Aztecs jumped out to an early lead, staying just in front of Gonzaga for most of the night. Every time the Zags put together a run, the Aztecs had an answer of their own. With the game on the line, after two free throws to go up three with 22 seconds left, San Diego State made on last stop, turning over Steven Gray.
Outside of the final possession, Gray had an outstanding night, leading all scorers with 35 points. Elias Harris had an off night, putting up only five points and three rebounds in 31 minutes. Robert Sacre added a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Aztecs were lead by Billy White. The senior forward had an impressive game, scoring 31 points and grabbing nine rebounds on the night. Kawhi Leonard complimented White well, adding a double-double of his own with 18 points and 12 rebounds. James Rohan chipped-in 12 points off the bench.
The loss is an early-season stumble for a team that typically thrives during the non-conference slate, especially at the Kennel. Gonzaga falls to 2-1 on the year while San Diego State improves to 2-0 with a signature road win under their belt. The Aztecs host Green Bay — the college, not the football team — on Nov 20. Gonzaga’s road doesn’t get any easier as they square off against the No. 3 Kansas State Wildcats on Nov. 22.