SPOKANE, WA – Corey Kispert turned, put his hands out and gave a little shrug as he jogged back down the floor after his fifth 3-pointer of the night.
Gonzaga's do-everything junior forward picked a memorable night in the history of Zags' basketball to have maybe the best game of his career.
“It was just one of those times when you were in the zone. ... I knew it was in when I let it go,” Kispert said. “It's hard not to play with emotion in this place, the fans get you hyped up and pumped up and I kind of just let it show.”
Kispert scored 26 points, Filip Petrusev added 20 and No. 2 Gonzaga rolled past North Carolina 94-81 on Wednesday, handing the Tar Heels their fourth straight loss.
One of the most highly anticipated games ever inside Gonzaga's gym was a party most of the night for the home team. The Bulldogs (12-1) won their fourth straight since suffering their only loss of the season against Michigan in the final of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
More importantly, the Zags finished off an unbeaten stretch of three marquee games at Washington, at Arizona and against the Tar Heels.
“I'm just glad it's over. I've been hearing about this thing for six months from all our fans, in a good way. They were excited,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
Garrison Brooks led North Carolina (6-5) with 16 points, but the Tar Heels have dropped four straight for the first time since the 2009-10 season. It's been a brutal stretch for the Tar Heels with the Zags the fifth opponent ranked in the top 10 in North Carolina's past six games.