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Norvell leads No. 5 Gonzaga over Loyola Marymount 73-55

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Known for its offense, Gonzaga has shown that it can win by playing strong defense lately.

Zach Norvell Jr. scored 17 points and the No. 5 Bulldogs beat Loyola Marymount 73-55 on Thursday night, the eighth consecutive win for the Bulldogs since a pair of losses knocked them out of the top spot in The AP Top 25.

Loyola Marymount used a slow-down offense to keep the scoring low, but the Zags were even stingier.

''We relied on our defense tonight,'' Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins said.

Opposing teams are concerned about an offense that averages 92 points per game, and try to reduce the possessions, Perkins said.

''They took their time with shots,'' Perkins said of the Lions. ''They were trying to slow it down.''

Defense is ''something we take seriously in practice,'' Perkins said. ''We struggled with it in non-conference.''

Brandon Clarke added 13 points, Corey Kispert 12 and Rui Hachimura 10 for Gonzaga (17-2, 4-0 West Coast), which beat Loyola Marymount for the 20th straight time. The Zags have won 18 straight games at home.

James Batemon led Loyola Marymount (13-5, 1-3) with 12 points.

''We gave up too many easy baskets in transition and in the post,'' Loyola coach Mike Dunlap said of his team's 42-24 deficit on points in the paint.

When his team trailed by 20 points, ''we could have let the game go, but we didn't,'' Dunlap said. ''The heart was there.''

Gonzaga led just 17-16 midway through the first half.

The Zags went on a 19-6 run the rest of the half to take a 36-22 lead at halftime. The Lions shot only 36 percent in the first and committed 11 turnovers.

A 3-pointer by Norvell highlighted a 14-2 Gonzaga run to open the second half that lifted the Bulldogs to a 50-24 lead. Meanwhile, the Lions were missing eight of their first 10 shots.

Loyola Marymount made just five of its first 20 shots in the second half, and fell behind 61-35 with less than 8 minutes left.

''I was pleased by the defensive effort,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

The Zags forced 17 turnovers, but committed 16 turnovers themselves.

''They are a quick-handed, aggressive team,'' Few said. ''I think we were casual with the ball.''

''You can't go on the road and have as many turnovers as we did and expect to win,'' Dunlap said.

SHOOTING WOES

Loyola shot 38.2 percent for the game (21 of 55). Gonzaga shot 50.9 percent, a little below its average. The Zags made just 7 of 23 from 3-point range.

CLARKE'S LINE

Brandon Clarke made all five of his field goal attempts and finished with 13 points for Gonzaga. He added four assists and three blocked shots.

BREAKING GOOD

Gonzaga had a 14-0 advantage on fast break points.

BIG PICTURE

Loyola Marymount: The Lions opened the season 11-1, but has gone 2-4 since ... The Lions ranked 13th in the NCAA in defense at 61.2 points per game ... Their last win in this lop-sided series was in 2010. They have not won in Spokane since 1991 ... The Lions have already surpassed last season's 11 wins.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs are cruising toward another WCC title, outscoring conference foes by nearly 30 points per game... The Zags suffered back-to-back losses to No. 3 Tennessee and at No. 13 North Carolina in mid-December and have not lost since ... They lead the nation in field goal shooting at 52.6 percent and are second in scoring at 92.2 points per game ... Gonzaga and Marquette are the only programs with both men's and women's teams in the Top 15.

UP NEXT

Loyola Marymount hosts Pepperdine on Saturday.

Gonzaga plays at last place Portland on Saturday.

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Key Players
J. Batemon
5 G
J. Perkins
13 G
30.8 Min. Per Game 30.8
10.9 Pts. Per Game 10.9
6.7 Ast. Per Game 6.7
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
42.8 Field Goal % 46.4
27.3 Three Point % 39.5
84.9 Free Throw % 86.1
+ 2 James Batemon made layup 1.0
+ 2 Geno Crandall made floating jump shot 34.0
  Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev 1:02
  Dameane Douglas missed free throw 1:04
  Shooting foul on Jeremy Jones 1:04
+ 2 Dameane Douglas made jump shot 1:04
  Defensive rebound by Dameane Douglas 1:16
  Filip Petrusev missed hook shot 1:18
+ 2 Zafir Williams made tip-in 1:32
  Offensive rebound by Zafir Williams 1:38
  Jordan Bell missed layup 1:40
Team Stats
Points 55 73
Field Goals 21-55 (38.2%) 28-55 (50.9%)
3-Pointers 5-9 (55.6%) 7-23 (30.4%)
Free Throws 8-11 (72.7%) 10-14 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 31 35
Offensive 10 10
Defensive 16 23
Team 5 2
Assists 9 16
Steals 9 8
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 16 16
Fouls 15 12
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
17 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo LMU 13-5 223355
home team logo 5 Gonzaga 17-2 363773
Team Stats
away team logo LMU 13-5 67.0 PPG 34.7 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logo 5 Gonzaga 17-2 87.6 PPG 41.8 RPG 18.1 APG
Key Players
5
J. Batemon G 16.4 PPG 3.1 RPG 3.6 APG 42.1 FG%
23
Z. Norvell Jr. G 14.9 PPG 4.3 RPG 3.1 APG 43.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Batemon G 12 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
Z. Norvell Jr. G 17 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
38.2 FG% 50.9
55.6 3PT FG% 30.4
72.7 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Batemon 12 3 4 5/12 1/2 1/2 0 31 0 0 4 1 2
E. Scott 7 0 0 3/7 0/0 1/2 2 23 0 0 1 0 0
M. Markusson 6 4 1 3/8 0/0 0/0 3 18 2 0 1 1 3
J. Quintana 6 3 1 2/8 2/3 0/0 0 27 1 0 1 1 2
J. McClendon 5 3 1 1/2 1/1 2/2 3 31 2 1 4 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Batemon 12 3 4 5/12 1/2 1/2 0 31 0 0 4 1 2
E. Scott 7 0 0 3/7 0/0 1/2 2 23 0 0 1 0 0
M. Markusson 6 4 1 3/8 0/0 0/0 3 18 2 0 1 1 3
J. Quintana 6 3 1 2/8 2/3 0/0 0 27 1 0 1 1 2
J. McClendon 5 3 1 1/2 1/1 2/2 3 31 2 1 4 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Williams 8 4 0 4/6 0/1 0/0 1 18 4 0 4 2 2
D. Douglas 6 5 0 1/2 0/0 4/5 3 18 0 1 1 3 2
J. Bell 5 3 1 2/8 1/2 0/0 3 21 0 0 0 2 1
P. Herman 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Gipson 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
E. Johansson 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
C. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Alipiev - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 55 26 9 21/55 5/9 8/11 15 200 9 2 16 10 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Norvell Jr. 17 4 4 7/15 3/8 0/0 2 24 1 0 1 2 2
B. Clarke 13 3 4 5/5 0/0 3/5 1 23 0 3 2 1 2
C. Kispert 12 4 2 4/8 1/4 3/3 2 27 1 1 1 1 3
R. Hachimura 10 7 1 4/8 1/1 1/2 2 28 0 0 1 3 4
J. Perkins 7 4 1 3/6 0/2 1/1 0 30 1 0 3 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Norvell Jr. 17 4 4 7/15 3/8 0/0 2 24 1 0 1 2 2
B. Clarke 13 3 4 5/5 0/0 3/5 1 23 0 3 2 1 2
C. Kispert 12 4 2 4/8 1/4 3/3 2 27 1 1 1 1 3
R. Hachimura 10 7 1 4/8 1/1 1/2 2 28 0 0 1 3 4
J. Perkins 7 4 1 3/6 0/2 1/1 0 30 1 0 3 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Tillie 7 7 2 2/7 1/5 2/2 1 24 2 1 4 3 4
J. Jones 5 0 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 3 11 1 0 0 0 0
G. Crandall 2 3 2 1/3 0/2 0/1 1 24 2 0 4 0 3
J. Ayayi 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
G. Foster Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
F. Petrusev 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1
A. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Beach - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Pennington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 33 16 28/55 7/23 10/14 12 200 8 5 16 10 23