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No. 1 Gonzaga rallies to beat No. 11 West Virginia 87-82

Joel Ayayi matched his career high with 21 points and No. 1 Gonzaga rallied to beat No. 11 West Virginia 87-82 on Wednesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.
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Gonzaga's Drew Timme (2) celebrates with Corey Kispert (24) and Joel Ayayi (11) after Timme made a shot and was fouled during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANANAPOLIS (AP) — Joel Ayayi matched his career high with 21 points and Andrew Nembhard and Corey Kispert each had 19 points each, and No. 1 Gonzaga rallied to beat No. 11 West Virginia 87-82 on Wednesday night in the Jimmy V Classic. 

The Bulldogs struggled to get in sync early and again after freshman Jalen Suggs injured an ankle in the first half. 

But Gonzaga used a late 13-4 run to take control and scored six straight points late to seal it. 

Derek Culver led West Virginia with 18 points and 15 rebounds. 

Oscar Tshiebwe had 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 7:26 to play. 

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak and dropped the Mountaineers to 0-5 in the series.