By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Fifth-ranked Gonzaga was held to its lowest point total of the season and still beat Pacific by 31 points.
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Josh Perkins had 14 points and six assists, and Gonzaga beat Pacific 67-36 on Thursday night, the sixth straight win for the Bulldogs.
Pacific used a slow-down offense most of the game against the high-flying Bulldogs, who average 93 points per game.
“We didn’t foul them much,” Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke added. “That took them out of their offense. … When that happens it’s really tough to beat us because we’ve got such a potent offense.”
Zach Norvell Jr. scored 11 points for Gonzaga (15-2, 2-0 West Coast Conference), which has beaten the Tigers 13 consecutive times. Rui Hachimura and Clarke each scored 10 points, and Clarke had five blocks.
Roberto Gallinat scored nine points to lead Pacific (10-8, 0-3).
Pacific was held to its lowest point total of the season after shooting just 26.7 percent and committing 22 turnovers.
The Tigers got to the free-throw line only 13 times, making eight.
“We had to be smart not to foul them when they drove,” Clarke said. “They struggled to find ways to score.”
Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire did not immediately talk with reporters after the game.
For a time, Pacific’s slow-down offense worked. The teams were tied 10-10 midway through the first.
Then Gonzaga broke the game open.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Norvell and Perkins highlighted a 24-5 run that put Gonzaga ahead 34-15 at halftime. Pacific shot just 27.8 percent in the first, while Gonzaga shot 56.5 percent.
“We didn’t get frustrated,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
Gonzaga slowly added to its lead in the second half. Jeremy Jones’ 3-pointer put Gonzaga up 50-26 midway through the second. The Zags went on an 11-1 run to push their lead …read more
Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports