No. 1 Gonzaga Crushes No. 2 U.C.L.A.

Gonzaga crushed U.C.L.A. in a marquee early season matchup, backing up its victory over the Bruins in last year’s Final Four.

Chet Holmgren, the 7-foot Gonzaga freshman, blocked a shot, grabbed the rebound, took the ball the length of the court, dribbled around his back to lose his defender and dunked with two hands.

“This was not a shock,” Gonzaga forward Drew Timme said after the game. “It’s what we expect of him and what he expects from himself. It’s just Chet. He’s one of a kind.”

It was only one basket, and it came early in the second half, but it was emblematic of the 83-63 thrashing No. 1 Gonzaga gave

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