Updates: No. 4 Gonzaga returns from break to host Northern Alabama for last nonconference game

<p><h3></h3></p><p><h3></h3></p><p><h3>First half</h3></p><p><p><strong>11:37 – GU 18, NAU 15:</strong> The Lions are hanging tough early on, shooting 3 of 5 on 3-poiners, but quickly collecting seven fouls to GU’s zero.</p></p><p><p>The Bulldogs are shooting 7 of 15 from the field and are 0-for-4 on 3-pointers since Andrew Nembhard opened the scoring with a triple.</p></p><p><p>Timme and Bolton lead the Zags with four points apiece, while Youngblood leads the Lions with six.</p></p><p><p><strong>15:46 – GU 9, NAU 6:</strong> The Bulldogs get out to an early lead, but a scoring drought of over two minutes for both teams slows down the pace.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><h3>Pregame</h3></p><p><p>The No. 4 Bulldogs return to the Kennel today to host North Alabama at 2 p.m. on KHQ/Root.</p></p><p><p>The Zags (10-2) enter as large favorites to finish their nonconference slate with a win over the Lions (7-5).</p></p><p><p>Gonzaga last rolled to a 95-49 win over Northern Arizona on Dec. 20, and will start its conference schedule later this week with games against Loyola Marymount on Saturday, after its scheduled opener against San Diego on Thursday was postponed.</p></p><p><p>NAU last played Central Florida on Dec. 22, losing 75-64.</p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=987012]–></p></p><p><p><!—-> </p></p><p><p><strong>Series history</strong></p></p><p><p>Gonzaga has played North Alabama once before, on the same date in 2018. The Zags cruised to a 96-51 win behind Zach Norvell Jr.’s 20 points and all five starters reaching double figures.</p></p><p><p><!–[photoset id=7482]–></p></p><p><h3>Game preview</h3></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986974]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986979]–></p></p><p><h3>More on the Zags</h3></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986955]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986863]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986935]–></p></p>