In a clash between two teams called Bulldogs, No. 11 Gonzaga emerged victorious with an 86-71 win over Yale. Braden Huff led the way for Gonzaga with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Ryan Nembhard contributed 16 points and seven assists. Gonzaga dominated the rebounding battle, outrebounding Yale 42-28. John Poulakidas was the top scorer for Yale with 18 points. Gonzaga shot 50 percent from the field, including 36.8 percent from beyond the arc, while Yale made 40.7 percent of their shots. Gonzaga held a five-point lead at halftime and extended it in the second half, ultimately winning by a comfortable margin. Yale had a 10-point lead in the first half, but Gonzaga rallied to take a 47-42 lead at halftime. The game was characterized by several scoring runs, with Gonzaga going on a 10-0 run in the first half and a 9-0 run later on. Overall, it was a strong start to the season for Gonzaga, who played their first game since the departure of Drew Timme.
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