No. 19 Gonzaga too much for South Dakota 96-58

  • Associated Press
  • November 18, 2012 - 6:54 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. - Elias Harris scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and No. 19 Gonzaga topped South Dakota 96-58 Sunday.

Przemek Karnowski, a 7-foot-1 freshman from Poland, led the Bulldogs with 20 points off the bench for the Bulldogs (3-0) who head to the Old Spice Classic in Florida to face Clemson on Thanksgiving.

Gary Bell Jr. also had 16 points with Sam Dower getting 12 points and nine rebounds and Kevin Pangos 10 points to go with six assists.

Freshmen Casey Kasperbauer and Tyler Flack scored 17 and 10 points, respectively, for the Coyotes (1-3), who were playing their fourth game in five nights. Senior Juevol Myles had 12 points.

South Dakota, with just one senior starter and one returning starter from last season's 10-18 team, shot 34 percent.

Gonzaga shot 55 percent, outscoring the Coyotes 62-16 in the paint and outrebounding them 58-24.

After a sluggish start, Gonzaga's starters rotated back into the game just past the midway point of the first half and ripped off an 18-4 run as the lead reached 20.

The run included a tip-in by Harris, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds to spark the Bulldogs to a 46-30 lead.

The Coyotes shot 38 percent in the first half but struggled early.

Gonzaga dominated the opening minutes of the second half and quickly pushed the lead to 27.

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