Saturday’s box score
Gonzaga 68, Kansas St. 52
Percentages: FG .333, FT .737. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Rodriguez 3-7, Spradling 2-5, Irving 1-2, Southwell 0-1, McGruder 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 5 (Johnson 2, Lawrence, Henriquez, McGruder). Turnovers: 18 (McGruder 5, Gipson 3, Rodriguez 2, Diaz 2, Henriquez 2, Johnson, Southwell, Irving, Spradling). Steals: 6 (Southwell 2, Rodriguez 2, Gipson, Spradling). Technical Fouls: Rodriguez, Bench.
Percentages: FG .471, FT .850. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Landry Edi 1-1, Pangos 1-3, Bell, Jr. 1-3, Hart 0-1, Harris 0-1, Barham 0-1, Stockton 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 5 (Dower 2, Karnowski, Stockton, Harris). Turnovers: 14 (Olynyk 3, Harris 2, Pangos 2, Karnowski 2, Landry Edi, Bell, Jr., Stockton, Dower, Dranginis). Steals: 6 (Harris 2, Bell, Jr., Stockton, Hart, Dower). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–16,241. Officials–Gregory Nixon, Kevin Brill, Daryl Gelinas.
Not so neutral
The Battle in Seattle was technically played on a neutral court at Key Arena, but Gonzaga benefited from a substantial home-court advantage. The Bulldogs, located across the state in Spokane, brought more than 10,000 fans with them to the game. K-State had a few supporters behind its bench, but purple shirts were scarce in other areas of the arena.
K-State and Gonzaga have not agreed on the location of the return game in their neutral-court series, but a spokesman for Idol Sports, the promotion company which organized the Battle in Seattle, said a decision may come soon. He said Idol Sports representatives will discuss the site with K-State officials in coming weeks and choose between Intrust Bank Arena and the Sprint Center.
Idol Sports, which organized K-State’s game against West Virginia last year in Wichita, would prefer the game to be played at Intrust.
“We would love to go back to Wichita,” the spokesman said. “We had a great experience there last year.” The final decision, though, will be made by K-State.
K-State starting forward Nino Williams left the game in the first half with an injured right shoulder. He suffered the injury while playing defense. Trainers examined his shoulder in the locker room, and he didn’t return until the second half. He watched the remainder of the game with his right arm in a sling.… Both teams earned technical of flagrant fouls in the second half. Shane Southwell picked up a flagrant foul while trying to strip the ball on a breakaway layup attempt. Later, Kelly Olynyk was whistled for a technical for excessive celebration following a one-handed dunk.
— Kellis Robinett