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Strawther scores 23 as No. 6 Gonzaga beats Xavier 88-84

Nov 27, 2022, 7:00 PM

              Gonzaga guard Julian Strawther, right, goes to the basket as Xavier guard Desmond Claude (1) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
            
              Xavier head coach Sean Miller reacts during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
            
              Xavier forward Zach Freemantle (32) goes to the basket as Gonzaga forward Drew Timme (2) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
            
              Gonzaga forward Drew Timme, left, goes to the basket as Xavier forward Dieonte Miles (22) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Julian Strawther scored 23 points, including 10 in the final 4:07, and No. 6 Gonzaga beat Xavier 88-84 on Sunday in the third-place game of the Phil Knight Legacy men’s tournament.

Gonzaga 88, Xavier 84: Box score

Each of Gonzaga’s starters scored in double figures. Drew Timme and Anton Watson had 16 points apiece. Nolan Hickman finished with 14, and Rasir Bolton had 13 points and six assists.

Jack Nunge scored a game-high 25 points for Xavier (4-3), and Colby Jones had 22.

The Musketeers opened a 71-63 lead on KyKy Tandy’s jumper with 6:21 to go. But the Bulldogs (5-2) responded with an 8-0 run.

Timme’s two foul shots tied it at 71 with 4:47 remaining.

The teams exchanged leads several times in the final five minutes.

Strawther’s 3 put Gonzaga back in front at 76-75 with 3:18 to go. Watson then converted a floater, and Strawther made another 3 to make it 81-75 with 1:39 left.

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: Ball movement was key for Gonzaga’s offense. Gonzaga had 23 assists on 31 made baskets compared to only 17 assists for Xavier.

Xavier: Guard Adam Kunkel was scratched after suffering a head injury.

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Gonzaga: Face Baylor on Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Xavier: Hosts Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday.

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