Before students leave for Thanksgiving break, they have one more chance to see the men’s basketball team in action as they host Bryant University on Friday at 5:30.
This will be the second all-time meeting between Gonzaga and Bryant, with the Zags willing the first matchup 100-76 in Spokane in 2013.
The Bryant Bulldogs, from Smithfield Rhode Island, are led by a handful of underclassmen, including reigning Northeastern Conference Rookie of the Year Marcel Pettway and fellow All-NEC Rookie Team selection Nisre Zouzoua.
Depth, with players ranging from freshmen to seniors, has been a big advantage through the Zags first three games and will surly continue to play a key role in their success.
Against Bryant, the team will be partnering with Nike N7 to observe Native American Heritage Month in which they will wear custom turquoise uniforms for the game, a color which represents friendship.
The Zags participated in this last season as well.
N7 is inspired by the Native wisdom of the Seven Generations and is one of the premier national initiatives for keeping Native youth physically active.
There are four Native American tribes in the Spokane area, and 29 in the state of Washington.
As part of their commitment to the Native American Heritage Month, the halftime show will feature a scrimmage with members of a youth basketball camp on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation in Idaho.
In a letter to the editor written by Laurie Arnold, the director of Native American studies, she wrote, “When Gonzaga participates in this N7 initiative, it is joining forces with N7 to assert that sport has the power to unleash human potential. As a university dedicated to social justice, connecting sports to social justice initiatives is a natural fit.”