SPOKANE — Gonzaga coach Mark Few offered an undisputable truth about basketball after his 15th-ranked Bulldogs routed Colorado State.
“Life is pretty good when you make your shots,” Few said. “That makes everybody look good.”
Gonzaga shot 58 percent and made 14 three-pointers in beating the Rams 93-61 on Monday night.
Gary Bell Jr. scored all of his 24 points on three-pointers to lead Gonzaga (2-0). His eight three-pointers were one short of the school record.
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“It was great to see him hunt shots,” Few said. “He rarely forces shots.”
Bell, a junior from Kentridge High, made a three-pointer for the first basket of the game, and hit a second a few minutes later.
“After my second or third one, I said ‘It feels good to me,’” Bell said. “I need a couple more.”
Fellow guards Gerard Coleman added 16 points, while Kevin Pangos had 13 and David Stockton 10 for Gonzaga.
“We’re stacked with guards this year,” Bell said.
The game plan going in was to concentrate on three-pointers because Colorado State is physical and figured to pack the key, Bell said.
“We need him to do that when he’s feeling it,” Few said.
Gonzaga won the rebound battle 39-33.
“To beat them on the glass is a good sign for us,” Few said.
Jon Octeus led Colorado State (1-1) with 27 points.
Colorado State fell behind early and shot too poorly to catch up.
“Obviously we were no match for Gonzaga,” coach Larry Eustachy said. “When you don’t make buckets you don’t look good.”
Gonzaga opened the second half with a 16-0 run.
Colorado State, which graduated five starters from last season’s 26-9 team, made just 18 of 56 shots (32 percent).
“Thank God it was only 40 minutes, instead of a 60-minute football game,” Eustachy said.
Gonzaga shot 65 percent in the first half.
This was the opener of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
This was the first time the programs played since 1996. Gonzaga leads the series 3-2.
Colorado State has not beaten a ranked opponent on the road since 1989.
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• At Stanford, Tyler Haws had 31 points and eight rebounds, and Matt Carlino scored 26 points as Brigham Young (2-0) topped the Cardinal (1-1) 112-103. The Cougars shot 53.5 percent from the field. Chasson Randle scored a career-high 33 points for Stanford to go with seven rebounds and Dwight Powell had 28 points and seven rebounds.
• Louisville coach Rick Pitino has reinstated suspended forward Chane Behanan and the junior will dress for Tuesday night’s game against Hofstra but he will not play for at least the first month of the season, Pitino said. The team would not specify what team rule was broken.
• Jalen Jones, who led SMU in scoring and rebounding last season as a sophomore, has received his release and won’t play for the Mustangs this season.