The Bulldogs took a double-digit lead in the first half at the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers dip-off, and then saw the Jayhawks equalize twice in the second half. Gonzalez scored 22-7 and advanced to 96-78.
Sux, who got into bad trouble in the first half, scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half.
With Gonzalez leading 29-15, Kansas reduced the deficit to five by one or two runs. However, Gisbert was hot and retained the Jayhawks. Gonzalez led 54-46 at half-time.
The Bulldogs showed great balance. When they beat Kansas 30-14 in paint, they made 10 3-pointers 5. They also made 68% of the shots in the first half (21 of 31).
With the win, Gonzalez’s Mark Pew achieved his 600th victory in his 724th match, becoming the third fastest coach in Division 1 history to reach 600 behind Adolf Roop (704) and Jerry Tarkanian (720), according to ESPN figures and information.
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Three non-Gonzalez athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 were isolated in their hotel rooms.
A total of 112 trials were awarded and event officials said none of the players on the four participating teams tested positive. Auburn and St. Joseph also take part in the event.
The big picture
The way these teams played each other, it should come as no surprise that Konsaka and Kansas will meet again late in the NCAA Tournament, perhaps the final four.
Bulldogs are deep, and it seems they can play anything on defense and some teams. They can score inside and out.
Kansas will never give up. Many of the country’s teams came into the hole with 14 points for the country’s No. 1 team and couldn’t come back to tie it. However, Jayhawks was unable to recover from Gonzalez’s second attack.
Gonzalez, who will play four morning interim games at West Coast time, will play Auburn at 11 a.m. Friday, including the first-10 games with Baylor and Iowa.
Kansas, Kentucky, with a challenging scheduling schedule including Creighton, will play with St. Joseph on Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.