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Gonzaga cruises by Creighton 83-65 to reach Elite 8

The Zags shot an incredible 76 percent on two-point field goal attempts.

INDIANAPOLIS — Gonzaga men's basketball dominated Creighton in the Sweet 16 on Sunday to advance to the Elite 8.

The Bulldogs led from start to finish as they scored relentlessly on two-point field goal attempts. The Bluejays had no answer as Gonzaga shot 76 percent inside the three-point line.

Drew Timme led the way with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists. Andrew Nembhard had 17 points and eight assists.

The defense was also imposing. Gonzaga held Creighton to just 40.6 percent from the field.

Rick Skeen, Corey Kispert's high school basketball coach, was in attendance when the Zags beat the Bluejays. He and the rest of his coaching staff couldn't pass up the chance to watch one of their alumni pursue a national title. 

"You know if you've covered him —  great player, better person. And, yeah, we wouldn't miss this for the world," Skeen said.

Skeen isn't surprised by Kispert's success this year. He thinks he will only continue to elevate his game during the 2021 NCAA Tournament and beyond. 

"Yeah, so proud. And, again I go back to beating a dead horse, but the kind of kid he is really makes it easy to cheer for him," Skeen said. "But we're proud of him, we're excited. This is a pretty fun experience for all of us."

It is the second NCAA Tournament in a row the Zags have advanced to the Elite 8. The Bulldogs have done so three times in their last four tournaments.

Gonzaga will play the University of Southern California on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. on TBS.

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