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Gonzaga rolls against Washington (0:53)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Gonzaga bounced back from Tuesday's loss to Villanova with a dominant performance at Washington Sunday, beating the Huskies -- who were coming off a win over No. 2 Kansas in Kansas City -- 97-70 in the first trip back to Seattle's Hec Edmundson Pavilion for the in-state rival Zags since 2005. Gonzaga has won all three meetings since the teams resumed their series in 2015 in lopsided fashion.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Longtime NBA center Spencer Hawes, who played one year at UW, among the Huskies fans in attendance for tonight's game against Gonzaga.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

In Wednesday's upset of Kansas, Washington had success extending a 2-3 zone to take away 3s. Gonzaga is just 3-of-13 on 3s in the first half, but has shot 11-of-18 inside the arc and added 16 free throws in 20 attempts to take a 47-33 lead at halftime.

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Tillie dunks home the pass in transition for Gonzaga (0:25)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Foul trouble is becoming an issue for the Washington Huskies. A little over eight minutes into the first half, they've got eight team fouls. Starters Matisse Thybulle and Sam Timmins are on the bench with two apiece.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington's leading scorer, freshman Jaylen Nowell, did not start tonight but is making his first appearance after the under-16 media timeout Fellow freshman Naziah Carter replaced Nowell in the Huskies' starting five.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Great atmosphere at Hec Edmundson Pavilion as the Gonzaga Bulldogs pay their first visit to face Washington since 2005.

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Villanova announces itself among the elite

Villanova made a statement on Tuesday against Gonzaga, showing it belongs with the nation's elite behind a breakout performance from Mikal Bridges.

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Bridges looked to set tone on defense (0:20)
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Bridges, Nova handle Gonzaga (1:21)
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Bridges scores career-high 28 to lead Nova past Gonzaga

Mikal Bridges had his coming out performance as one of top players in the nation, scoring a career-high 28 points to lead No. 4 Villanova to an 88-72 victory over No. 12 Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

FINAL: Villanova 88, Gonzaga 72. Nova showed its full arsenal tonight. And Mikal Bridges is an absolute problem. Finished with 28 points, six rebounds, two blocks and five 3-pointers.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Villanova having five players on the floor at all times who can dribble, pass and shoot is such an asset. They can utilize dribble handoffs all possession, spread the floor, invert the offense, etc. Even when they go big with Paschall and Spellman, they can do it.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Gonzaga's Killian Tillie is an impressive prospect. Has four assists -- just had a sequence where he blocked a shot, led the break, and passed it ahead for a layup. He's 6-10, 215.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Well, that was a surprise. Gonzaga's had good success inside the arc, but the Bulldogs gave the ball away 11 times in a 36-possession half. That was enough for the Wildcats to lead by 13. Jay Wright sat Jalen Brunson for the half's last 10:05 with two fouls, and 'Nova actually stretched its lead.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Via @ESPNStatsInfo: Tonight is Gonzaga's first double-digit deficit since November 25, 2016 against Florida.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Booth averaged 14.3 points in his last three games -- had 11 points in the first half. Gives Villanova another perimeter weapon.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Villanova's offense was clicking in that first half -- and Gonzaga wasn't helping itself either, turning it over 11 times. Mikal Bridges already in double-figures for the eighth straight game, Omari Spellman providing interior help at both ends. Villanova up 43-30 after 20 minutes.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Villanova consistently going to Jalen Brunson in the post. Think that was at least the third time they've done it already. And they're finding some success early.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Good stretch for Omari Spellman -- bucket inside and then catch-and-shoot 3. Was expected from him entering the season. Spellman coming off his best game of the season: 16 and 11, four 3-pointers, against St. Joe's.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Here at Madison Square Garden for a battle between Villanova and Gonzaga. More intriguing game than I expected before the season -- and it's Villanova's toughest non-conference test remaining.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

No. 4 Villanova and No. 12 Gonzaga will tip soon here at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic. The Wildcats and Bulldogs have both made a habit of maintaining insane levels of shooting accuracy the past few years, a streak that's continued this season with talent like Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges ('Nova) and Killian Tillie and Josh Perkins (Zags). There will (should) be makes.

Team Stats

Points Per Game91.26th
Rebounds Per Game40.8Tied-31st
Assists Per Game17.725th
Points Allowed74.5226th

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Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record24-19
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances19