Spokane, Wash.— Rui Hachimura scored 33 points to help No. 3 Gonzaga beat Idaho State 120-79 in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night.
Zach Norvell Jr. added 23 points for Gonzaga (1-0), which has the highest preseason ranking in school history.
Brandon Boyd scored 13 points for Idaho State (0-1).
Gonzaga played sloppy early in the game leading to opportunities for the Bengals. Kelvin Jones the 6-foot-10 center for Idaho State made an impact on defense. But he picked up his third foul at the end of the first half limiting his time on the court. He eventually fouled out in the second half.
The Zags led 37-29 before going on a 10-2 run over the course of 1:28. The Bulldog run gave them 47-31 advantage. The Zags put the game into cruise control for the rest of the contest. Including complete dominance in the second half featuring highlight reel dunks from Hachimura amid an offensive burst for the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga played without star forward Killian Tillie, who is out for eight weeks with an ankle injury. But the Bulldogs had little trouble beating the challengers from the Big Sky Conference.
Idaho State plays Boise State on Saturday.
Gonzaga hosts Texas Southern on Saturday.