Bell Tolls From Three As Final Nail Against Coppin State
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Gary Bell Jr. scored 15 points, leading No. 11 Gonzaga to an 86-51 victory over Coppin State on Sunday night.
Gerard Coleman added 14 and Kyle Dranginis 12 for Gonzaga (7-1), which posted its largest margin of victory of the season.
Arnold Fripp and Sterling Smith had 10 points apiece to pace cold-shooting Coppin State (2-5), which lost to a ranked team for the second time in three nights following a 42-point defeat at Michigan.
Dranginis scored on a transition basket and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to spark Gonzaga's surge midway through the first half put the Bulldogs ahead 27-7. The Eagles scored just a single field goal in a stretch of more than 11 minutes, missing 19 of their first 24 shots, and trailed 39-14 at halftime.
Coppin State made the first three baskets of the second half, with Fripp getting two to bring the Eagles back within 20 points. But they soon lost ground again as Gonzaga's first four baskets after halftime were 3-pointers, three by Bell.
Bell made 4 of 9 shots from 3-point range as the Bulldogs shot 46 percent from beyond the arc and 50 percent overall. Gonzaga outrebounded the visitors from Baltimore 45-32.
The Bulldogs also got 11 points from Sam Dower Jr., who along with Przemek Karnowski, led the team in rebounds with eight.
Coppin State improved slightly in the second half to shoot 32 percent for the game. But the Eagles made just 2 of 18 3-point attempts.
Michael Murray, Coppin State's leading scorer and rebounder from last season, played in just his second game after being sidelined with a broken finger. He finished with eight points on 4-of-13 shooting.
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