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Williams leads No. 9 Gonzaga over Loyola Marymount 76-46

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Loyola Marymount was short-handed and stood second-to-last in the West Coast Conference, but No. 9 Gonzaga wasn't about to take them lightly.

The Zags scored the first 17 points of the game and cruised to a 76-46 victory on Thursday to retain at least a share of first place in the league.

Corey Kispert led a balanced attack with 14 points and five Bulldogs finished in double figures. Gonzaga scored the first 17 points and beat Loyola Marymount for the 18th straight time since 2010.

''We are at our best when we are in attack mode,'' said Zach Norvell Jr., who finished with nine points for Gonzaga. ''It's getting to be crunch time. We are going to come out and play hard.''

Johnathan Williams had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Killian Tillie scored 12 points for Gonzaga (24-4, 14-1), which has won eight in a row.

''We all are really hitting our stride,'' Kispert, who made 5 of 7 field goals, said.

He pointed to losses that other Top 25 teams had been suffering.

''Our job is to keep going forward,'' Kispert said. ''We didn't want to let up tonight.''

Loyola Marymount played without two of their leading scorers, James Batemon and Steven Haney, who were out with injuries.

''Our two best players weren't on the floor,'' coach Mike Dunlap said. ''That made a huge difference.''

Eli Scott scored 16 points for Loyola Marymount (8-18, 3-12).

The Lions shot 33 percent and committed 18 turnovers. Five Gonzaga players scored in double figures as the Bulldogs shot 51 percent.

Gonzaga put the Lions in a hole early, forcing Loyola Marymount into five turnovers during its opening burst. Scott scored the Lions' first basket with 14:28 left in the first.

''Once we settled into the crowd and the atmosphere, it made a huge difference,'' Dunlop said.

The Zags went on a 12-0 run, highlighted by Norvell's steal and dunk, for a 31-7 lead with 5:33 left in the first. The Lions had just three field goals at that point and had missed 10 consecutive shots.

Gonzaga led 39-20 at halftime, after shooting 52 percent and forcing the Lions into 10 turnovers. Loyola Marymount shot just 29 percent (8 of 28) in the first.

Gonzaga's shooting cooled off early in the second half, but it still led 54-34 with 12 minutes left in the game.

Tillie scored five points during a 15-0 run that put Gonzaga up 72-39.

''We had too many turnovers early on, but after that we held form,'' Dunlop said. ''We wanted to limit turnovers.''

Gonzaga coach Mark Few praised his defense.

''We jumped them pretty good,'' Few said. ''We didn't suffer any drop in intensity.''

DOUBLE THE FUN

Williams recorded his fifth consecutive double-double for Gonzaga. ''One of his gifts is what an exceptional rebounder he is,'' Few said.

FUN WITH STATS

Gonzaga went 17 of 26 from the free throw line, while Loyola Marymount went 11 of 15. The Zags converted 18 Loyola turnovers into 23 points.

LONG RANGE

The Lions made just 3 of 18 from 3-point range, while Gonzaga hit 7 of 24.

BIG PICTURE

Loyola Marymount: The Lions rank first in the league in forcing 13.9 turnovers per game, but that is not translating into wins. The Lions also average 12.8 offensive rebounds per game.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs came in tied with No. 15 Saint Mary's for first in the WCC. Six Bulldogs average at least 10 points per game, and they average a program-record 85.7 points per game. No. 3 Villanova is the only other team that has six players averaging double figures.

UP NEXT

Loyola Marymount plays at San Francisco on Saturday.

Gonzaga hosts last-place Pepperdine on Saturday.

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Key Players
J. Batemon
5 G
J. Perkins
13 G
32.6 Min. Per Game 32.6
13.2 Pts. Per Game 13.2
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
45.3 Field Goal % 43.2
29.4 Three Point % 41.0
79.2 Free Throw % 76.9
  Defensive rebound by Brian Pete 30.0
  Donald Gipson missed 3-pt. jump shot 32.0
  Defensive rebound by Donald Gipson 40.0
  Jesse Wade missed 3-pt. jump shot 42.0
+ 3 Mikail Simmons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Quintana 53.0
+ 2 Jacob Larsen made dunk, assist by Brian Pete 1:18
  Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones 1:35
  Dylan Causwell missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:35
+ 1 Dylan Causwell made 1st of 2 free throws 1:35
  Shooting foul on Jeremy Jones 1:33
  Defensive rebound by Dylan Causwell 1:37
Team Stats
Points 46 76
Field Goals 16-49 (32.7%) 26-51 (51.0%)
3-Pointers 3-18 (16.7%) 7-24 (29.2%)
Free Throws 11-15 (73.3%) 17-26 (65.4%)
Total Rebounds 26 38
Offensive 5 8
Defensive 18 28
Team 3 2
Assists 7 13
Steals 6 12
Blocks 1 6
Turnovers 17 14
Fouls 20 16
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
14 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo LMU 8-18 202646
home team logo 9 Gonzaga 24-4 393776
Team Stats
away team logo LMU 8-18 71.8 PPG 35.7 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo 9 Gonzaga 24-4 83.5 PPG 43.6 RPG 15.2 APG
Key Players
0
E. Scott F 12.6 PPG 7.3 RPG 2.3 APG 47.1 FG%
24
C. Kispert F 6.7 PPG 3.2 RPG 0.7 APG 46.0 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Scott F 16 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
C. Kispert F 14 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
32.7 FG% 51.0
16.7 3PT FG% 29.2
73.3 FT% 65.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Scott 31 16 6 1 0 0 4 2 6/14 0/0 4/6 4 2
Z. Williams 24 7 0 1 0 0 2 4 3/4 0/1 1/1 0 0
M. Markusson 29 5 8 1 2 0 0 4 1/4 0/0 3/4 1 7
C. Allen 28 4 1 1 1 0 3 0 2/9 0/3 0/0 0 1
E. Johansson 25 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Scott 31 16 6 1 0 0 4 2 6/14 0/0 4/6 4 2
Z. Williams 24 7 0 1 0 0 2 4 3/4 0/1 1/1 0 0
M. Markusson 29 5 8 1 2 0 0 4 1/4 0/0 3/4 1 7
C. Allen 28 4 1 1 1 0 3 0 2/9 0/3 0/0 0 1
E. Johansson 25 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. McClendon 23 8 1 1 2 0 2 4 2/5 2/4 2/2 0 1
M. Simmons 13 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 0
D. Causwell 6 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 2
D. Gipson 9 0 3 0 0 0 1 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3
J. Quintana 12 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 0
S. Haney Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Herman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Batemon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Eberhardt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 46 23 7 6 1 17 20 16/49 3/18 11/15 5 18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Williams 25 12 13 2 1 1 2 4 3/5 1/2 5/9 2 11
K. Tillie 20 12 3 1 1 2 0 3 4/4 2/2 2/5 1 2
S. Melson 27 10 1 2 2 0 1 0 4/9 0/4 2/2 0 1
Z. Norvell Jr. 25 9 1 1 2 1 4 1 4/8 1/4 0/0 0 1
J. Perkins 26 7 3 2 3 0 1 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 2 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Williams 25 12 13 2 1 1 2 4 3/5 1/2 5/9 2 11
K. Tillie 20 12 3 1 1 2 0 3 4/4 2/2 2/5 1 2
S. Melson 27 10 1 2 2 0 1 0 4/9 0/4 2/2 0 1
Z. Norvell Jr. 25 9 1 1 2 1 4 1 4/8 1/4 0/0 0 1
J. Perkins 26 7 3 2 3 0 1 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 2 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Kispert 23 14 3 1 0 1 2 1 5/7 2/4 2/2 1 2
R. Hachimura 23 10 5 1 1 0 0 1 2/8 0/2 6/8 1 4
J. Larsen 13 2 3 0 0 0 3 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 2
J. Jones 10 0 3 1 2 1 1 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3
J. Beach 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
J. Wade 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
B. Pete 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
A. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ayayi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 76 36 13 12 6 14 16 26/51 7/24 17/26 8 28