The Baylor Bears took down the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 to win their first men’s basketball national championship title in school history Monday night. Despite Gonzaga coming in undefeated and the favorite to win, they couldn’t shake some glaring issues to come out on top in the game.
The Bulldogs’ lack of output on the scoreboard stemmed from their struggles from beyond the arc and also with rebounding and turnovers — among other things. The Bears’ efficiency from beyond the three point line showed out Monday night — as Baylor ended the game with a 43.5% three point shooting percentage, in sharp contrast to Gonzaga’s accumulated 29.4% three point percentage from three. Baylor also absolutely dominated the boards — accumulating a total of 38 rebounds, versus Gonzaga’s mere 22. And if the almost-double rebounds didn’t do enough damage, the Bulldogs turned over the ball 14 times — five more than the Bears’ nine turnovers.
The leading scorer for the victors was Jared Butler, who dropped 22 points, three rebounds and seven assists in 31 total minutes of play. The leading scorer on the Zags was Jalen Suggs, who also put up 22 points, grabbed one rebound and three assists in the game.