Timme leads No. 15 Gonzaga over No. 4 Alabama, 100-90

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Drew Timme matched his season high with 29 points and No. 15 Gonzaga overcame Brandon Miller’s 36-point outburst to beat No. 4 Alabama 100-90 on Saturday in the CM Newton Classic.

Timme had 10 rebounds, four assists and made 12 of 18 shots to help the Bulldogs (9-3) cool off one of the hottest teams in the country. The Crimson Tide (9-2) had won four straight and defeated two No. 1 teams to earn their highest ranking in 15 years.

Miller scored 26 points in the second half, including the team’s first 10. The nation’s leading scorer was coming off a 21-point second half in a 91-88 win over Memphis but couldn’t lead his team to victory this time around.

It was a familiar situation — and a result — for Gonzaga, who is 7-1 in regular-season games against teams ranked in the top five by the AP or coaches’ poll since 2018-19.

The Bulldogs had six double-digit scorers. Anton Watson scored 17, Nolan Hickman scored 13 and Malachi Smith 12. Rasir Bolton and Julian Strawther each scored 11.

Jaden Bradley scored 18 points for Alabama. Miller, who doubled his scoring average for the season, made 6 of 11 3-pointers.

Timme scored the final four points of the first half to give Gonzaga a 47-42 lead, holding Alabama scoreless for the final 2:56.

Smith scored on a 3-pointer and a drive to give the Bulldogs a 79-67 lead with nine minutes left.

TAKE AWAY

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have only committed nine turnovers. They shot 40 of 70 (57.1%) from the floor to return the favor after a 91-82 loss to Alabama last season in Seattle. The Zags reached 100 points for the fourth time this season.

Alabama: Miller’s teammates weren’t as hot from 3-pointers, making just 2 of 14 attempts. Alabama committed 21 turnovers. The freshmen scored the Tide’s first 16 points, including seven from Bradley and a pair of Miller 3s.

FOLLOWING

Gonzaga hosts Montana on Tuesday night.

Alabama hosts Jackson State on Tuesday night.

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