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Clarke powers No. 3 Gonzaga past Texas Southern 104-67

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Brandon Clarke provided the spark that third-ranked Gonzaga needed.

Clarke had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots as Gonzaga beat Texas Southern 104-67 on Saturday night.

Josh Perkins added 19 points and 11 assists for Gonzaga (2-0), which had little trouble handling the Tigers. Rui Hachimura added 17 points in 20 minutes after battling foul trouble for most of the first half.

After losing Hachimura to early foul trouble, Clarke provided the pick-me-up that Gonzaga was looking for.

The Zags appeared stale in the first 10 minutes of the game, but Clarke was a factor blocking shots and attacking the rim. Gonzaga used the play from Perkins and Clarke to spark a 16-3 run with six minutes remaining in the first half. The gave the Bulldogs a comfortable lead into halftime 46-24.

''I was proud of our guys, I thought we were much more active on the defensive end. Just more energetic and scrappy and that's kind of how we have to be,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

Trayvon Reed had 14 points and 16 rebounds for Texas Southern (1-1).

Texas Southern failed to get anything going in the second half against an amped up Gonzaga defense. Hachimura started the second half with a dunk on Gonzaga's first possession.

Just two minutes later, the crowd was ignited with back-to-back dunks from Clarke - one an alley-oop from Perkins who was falling out of bounds before throwing a tough pass.

''I just told him, that is the BC we want to see. Sometimes we throw a lot at ya with all of the coverages and things that we are doing,'' Few said.

''I think he was a little paralyzed by that, but he just kind of cut loose and played today, which was a good thing.''

After that sequence of events, the game spiraled out of control for Texas Southern, which shot just 34 percent from the field and 27 percent from beyond the arc.

Gonzaga shot 52 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3-point range. 6'11 freshman Filip Petrusev, a 6-foot-11 freshman, saw action throughout and was 2 of 3 from long range and finished with 14 points.

''I'm not sure we will see another team in the regular season quite as potent as they were tonight,'' Texas Southern coach Johnny Jones said.

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: The Zags will face their first test of the young season when they host Texas A&M on Thursday. While not being ranked, the Aggies have made noise in the NCAA tournament two out of the last three seasons under coach Billy Kennedy. ... Gonzaga continues to play without star forward Killian Tillie, who is out for eight weeks with an ankle injury.

Texas Southern: After snapping Baylor's 56-game winning streak over the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 72-69 win, the Tigers disappointed against the third-ranked team in the country. ... Texas Southern has two days of rest before taking on a tough Iowa State team on Monday.

UP NEXT

Texas Southern plays Iowa State on Monday.

Gonzaga plays host to Texas A&M on Thursday.

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Key Players
J. Patterson
3 G
J. Perkins
13 G
25.0 Min. Per Game 25.0
7.0 Pts. Per Game 7.0
8.0 Ast. Per Game 8.0
2.0 Reb. Per Game 2.0
30.3 Field Goal % 52.9
38.1 Three Point % 33.3
88.9 Free Throw % 100.0
  Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones 24.0
  John Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
+ 1 Filip Petrusev made 2nd of 2 free throws 38.0
+ 1 Filip Petrusev made 1st of 2 free throws 38.0
  Personal foul on Michael Dobbins 38.0
  Bad pass turnover on Tyrik Armstrong 41.0
+ 2 Joel Ayayi made layup 49.0
  Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones 1:01
  Tyrik Armstrong missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:01
+ 1 Tyrik Armstrong made 1st of 2 free throws 1:01
  Shooting foul on Geno Crandall 1:01
Team Stats
Points 67 104
Field Goals 24-70 (34.3%) 37-71 (52.1%)
3-Pointers 7-26 (26.9%) 8-25 (32.0%)
Free Throws 12-18 (66.7%) 22-25 (88.0%)
Total Rebounds 32 52
Offensive 8 13
Defensive 20 37
Team 4 2
Assists 12 18
Steals 6 7
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 15 12
Fouls 22 18
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 16 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 4 REB, 11 AST
12T
away team logo Texas Southern 1-1 244367
home team logo 3 Gonzaga 2-0 4658104
Team Stats
away team logo Texas Southern 1-1 70.7 PPG 35.7 RPG 13.7 APG
home team logo 3 Gonzaga 2-0 112.0 PPG 50.5 RPG 23.5 APG
Key Players
5
T. Reed C 14.7 PPG 13.0 RPG 1.3 APG 56.3 FG%
15
B. Clarke G 17.0 PPG 11.0 RPG 1.0 APG 71.4 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Reed C 14 PTS 16 REB 1 AST
B. Clarke G 19 PTS 13 REB 0 AST
34.3 FG% 52.1
26.9 3PT FG% 32.0
66.7 FT% 88.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Reed 32 14 16 1 0 3 2 2 6/13 0/0 2/4 5 11
J. Patterson 33 13 3 1 0 0 3 3 4/19 3/10 2/3 1 2
D. Butler 33 12 2 2 0 0 1 2 5/11 2/5 0/0 0 2
J. Combs 24 6 3 0 2 0 4 5 2/4 0/0 2/4 2 1
C. McClelland 20 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Reed 32 14 16 1 0 3 2 2 6/13 0/0 2/4 5 11
J. Patterson 33 13 3 1 0 0 3 3 4/19 3/10 2/3 1 2
D. Butler 33 12 2 2 0 0 1 2 5/11 2/5 0/0 0 2
J. Combs 24 6 3 0 2 0 4 5 2/4 0/0 2/4 2 1
C. McClelland 20 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Hopkins 21 10 1 1 0 0 2 3 3/6 0/1 4/4 0 1
D. Bruce 24 8 1 6 1 0 0 3 3/8 1/4 1/1 0 1
T. Armstrong 7 4 1 0 1 0 1 2 1/3 1/2 1/2 0 1
D. Lumpkin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Jones 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0
M. Dobbins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Baldwin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Granger Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Ewing - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McClelland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 67 28 12 6 3 15 22 24/70 7/26 12/18 8 20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Perkins 33 19 4 11 1 0 2 1 6/11 1/4 6/6 0 4
B. Clarke 27 19 13 0 2 6 0 3 9/13 0/0 1/2 6 7
R. Hachimura 20 17 6 1 1 0 3 3 7/13 0/2 3/5 2 4
Z. Norvell Jr. 18 8 5 4 0 0 0 4 3/7 2/5 0/0 1 4
C. Kispert 32 7 8 0 0 0 1 2 2/7 1/5 2/2 2 6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Perkins 33 19 4 11 1 0 2 1 6/11 1/4 6/6 0 4
B. Clarke 27 19 13 0 2 6 0 3 9/13 0/0 1/2 6 7
R. Hachimura 20 17 6 1 1 0 3 3 7/13 0/2 3/5 2 4
Z. Norvell Jr. 18 8 5 4 0 0 0 4 3/7 2/5 0/0 1 4
C. Kispert 32 7 8 0 0 0 1 2 2/7 1/5 2/2 2 6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
F. Petrusev 20 14 5 0 0 1 1 2 4/9 2/3 4/4 1 4
J. Jones 14 7 5 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 1/1 4/4 0 5
G. Crandall 25 6 2 2 2 0 4 2 2/6 0/3 2/2 0 2
J. Ayayi 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 1 1
G. Foster Jr. 7 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0
J. Beach 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Tillie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Pennington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 104 50 18 7 7 12 18 37/71 8/25 22/25 13 37