The College basketball season is finally here! Well… At least somewhat. Gonzaga opened their schedule with an exhibition match against Simon Fraser and cruised to a 103-68 victory. While Simon Fraser may not be the hardest test they see this year, the season is finally on it’s way and that is good to see. Gonzaga basketball fans have been waiting to see the team play since the end of last season, and they finally got to see what the team has to offer.
Before I go to in depth on this game recap, the Zags did play Simon Fraser, a Canadian NCAA division II school. The competition is not as high as the Zags will face this season, but it does not matter, the season is finally on it’s way after the long offseason of waiting and the Zags came out and dominated.
Sam Dower Jr. lead the Zags with 20 points in an 8 from 11 shooting night. Dower got his points at will, and was more skilled than any of the opponents big men. While Dower mostly used his moves to the left, he dominated and showed them while he is a force to be reckoned with. He also added 12 rebound on the night.
Finally Gerard Coleman is eligible! Coleman did not disappoint. He showed why he is a big time transfer from the Big East. Coleman came off the bench and managed to score a cool 16 points on 7 for 7 shooting, Coleman got to the basket at will and showed why he will be a big time player for the Zags. He did not shoot the outside shot but pumped faked several times to get to the basket. With Pangos and Bell on the floor and able to shoot the three ball, Coleman does not need to shoot the outside shot. It is nice to see a Gonzaga guard that can get to the rack like he can.
Przemek Karnowski helped control the paint along with Dower and Edwards. Simon Fraser was not big or fast enough to keep up the Zags big men. Karnowski had 13 points on 3 of 6 shooting. He did get to the line 10 times which was good to see, making 7 of them.
Ryan Edwards made his debut for the Zags and had a very solid night. The freshman backup ended his night with 13 points off a 6 for 7 shooting night. Edwards will not be starting this season but nonetheless could be a major contributor off the bench for the Bulldogs.
Both Pangos and Bell had relatively quiet nights especially for their standards. Pangos shot the ball 9 times, 5 times from three and had 8 points. Bell only shot 5 times going 2 of 5 from the field with 6 points. The Zags did not need much out of these two tonight but I would like to see Bell and Pangos be more aggressive. Bell is a very good shooter but seems tentative at times and only takes open shots which is good, but he is too good of a player to pass up even some tough looks.
It is good to see the Zags back in action after the long, dreadful offseason. Even though it was an exhibition game, the Zags looked good for the most part. Coleman is going to be a special player and a different type of guard then Gonzaga is accustom to. Dower showed why he is poised for a breakout year, and even Ryan Edwards played some contributing solid minutes. Gonzaga has a few weeks off before they play Bryant University on November 9th.