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Holmgren, Watson Lead No. 4 Gonzaga from Northern Arizona | Nation World News

Spokane, Wash. (AP) — Chet Holmgren had 20 points and nine rebounds, Anton Watson 17 and No. 4 Gonzaga beat northern Arizona 95-49 on Monday night to extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 58 games.

Drew Timme added 14 points for Gonzaga (10-2), coming from a win over No. 25 Texas Tech in Phoenix last weekend. The Bulldogs started the season as the country’s top-ranked team.

Jalen Kohn scored 19 points for Northern Arizona (4-8), having lost six of seven. Lumberjacks have never beaten a ranked opponent and were undone by 32% shootings and 20 turnovers.

Gonzaga shot 55% and had only five turnovers.

Holmgren, a freshman considered the country’s top recruit this year, foiled three of his three attempts in the first five minutes as Gonzaga took a 16-9 lead. Cone completed a four-point game to draw the Lumberjacks to 16-15.

But the Zags responded with a 15-5 lead to take a 31-20 lead. Gonzaga added 15-2 runs late in the first half to take a 48-30 advantage.

Holmgren had 14 points in the first half, while Timme and Watson scored 10 each.

Cone, a transfer from Virginia Tech, led all-scorers in the first half with 17 points, including four 3-pointers. But he got out in the second half.

The Zags made their first four shots after halftime to open the 59-32 bulge.

Hunter Sallis hit a pair of 3 more free throws during the 12–0 run, which propelled the Bulldogs to 77–44, with less than 10 minutes to go. Lumberjack did not challenge again.

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Northern Arizona: The Lumberjacks were seeking their first win over the Zags since 1979, and their first road win at Gonzaga after 13 losses… Cone leads the Lumberjacks with an average of 17.6 points per game.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have played five ranked teams, most of them in Division I, leading 3–2 against them. Lumberjack didn’t offer that kind of challenge. … Gonzaga has featured in 102 consecutive AP Top 25 polls, the longest current streak in the country to date. Villanova is second at 46. … Bulldogs coach Mark Few is up against Big Sky Conference foes 43-1.

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Northern Arizona hosts Idaho on December 30.

Gonzaga hosted northern Alabama in their final non-conference game before playing the West Coast Conference on December 28.

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