Chet Holmgren matches Gonzaga single-game blocks record in college debut

<p><p>Chet Holmgren needed less than 40 minutes in a Gonzaga uniform to find his way into the Bulldog record books. </p></p><p><p>Making his much-anticipated college debut, the 7-footer from Minnesota who was considered the nation’s top recruit last year blocked five shots in the first half against Dixie State to go along with his 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists.</p></p><p><p>Less than five minutes into the second half, Holmgren stuffed a shot from Dixie State’s Hunter Schofield, placing him one block shy of Gonzaga’s single-game record, under Mark Few, set seven years earlier by Przemek Karnowski. </p></p><p><p>Then, at the 4:35 mark, Dixie State’s Frank Staine tried to challenge the long-legged, long-armed Gonzaga freshman at the rim. Holmgren got a piece of the shot and also a piece of history, matching the seven blocks recorded by Karnowski on Feb. 2, 2014, against Saint Mary’s. </p></p><p><p>Holmgren’s night ended with approximately three minutes remaining in the second half and with the freshman having scored 12 points to go with 13 rebounds, six assists and five turnovers.</p></p><p><p>While Holmgren and Karnowski are the only players with seven blocks in a single game, six different Zags have recorded at least six blocks in the Few era. Those include Brandon Clarke (twice), Zach Collins, Austin Daiye, Josh Heytvelt, Robert Sacre and Abdulla Kuso (twice). </p></p><p><p>Holmgren, who’s widely expected to spend just one season in college, is off to a good start if he hopes to have any chance of breaking Clarke’s GU single-season blocks record of 117, set in 2018-19. Clarke averaged 3.8 blocks per game that season but had zero in his Gonzaga debut against Idaho State.</p></p>