Mikal Bridges scored a game-high 28 points as fourth-ranked Villanova surged past No. 12 Gonzaga 88-72 in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
As good as Bridges was on offense for the Wildcats (9-0), he played a big role on the defensive side as well, helping force 18 Gonzaga turnovers.
Phil Booth added 20 points for Nova, while Zach Norvell Jr. led the Bulldogs (7-2) with 22 points. Norvell got his second start in a row for the Zags due to freshman Corey Kispert’s ankle injury against Incarnate Word last Wednesday.
Kispert did not play for the second straight game.
Both teams finished shooting just above 50 percent from the floor, but the Gonzaga turnovers and Wildcats’ 3-point shooting (48 percent) was the difference.
Gonzaga was also hurt by early foul trouble to forward Johnathan Williams, who fouled out with five points. Also fouling out for the Bulldogs was guard Silas Melson, who scored nine points.
Gonzaga will now head to Seattle for a showdown against Washington at 5 p.m. Sunday (Pac-12 Network).