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Norvell leads No. 17 Gonzaga over Howard 106-69

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga coach Mark Few had seen Howard play well in losses to Indiana and George Washington this season, and was wary of the Bison shooters.

''We wanted to take away their 3s,'' Few said, after No. 17 Gonzaga pounded Howard 106-69 on Tuesday night. ''The guys did a good job of listening.''

The Bison made 8 of 25 from 3-point range, but shot just 30 percent for the game.

Freshman Zach Norvell Jr. scored 18 points and freshman Corey Kispert added 13 to lead five Bulldogs in double figures.

Johnathan Williams and Rui Hachimura each scored 12 points for Gonzaga (2-0), which last season won its first 29 games and lost in the NCAA championship game to North Carolina.

Gonzaga made 14 of 35 from 3-point range and outrebounded the smaller Bison 51-33. Gonzaga shot 57 percent for the game.

''They were playing zone,'' Few said of the Bison. ''We've got some guys who can shoot it. It was a good mix tonight.''

After a pair of blowout wins, Few said the schedule will get tougher when Utah State comes to town on Saturday.

''We'll start ramping up the competition,'' Few said.

R.J. Cole scored 16 points for Howard (0-3), which is playing 13 of its 16 non-conference games on the road. Zion Cousins had 10 rebounds but just two points.

Howard coach Kevin Nickelberry was not immediately available after the game.

Gonzaga hit four 3-pointers in the early going and jumped to an 18-5 lead.

After a Howard basket, the Zags scored 13 straight points for a 31-8 lead. Hachimura dribbled the length of the court and slammed home a dunk, then hit the resulting free throw, to highlight the run.

Two 3-pointers by Nate Garvey brought Howard within 39-18, but the Zags quickly pulled away again to lead 54-27 at halftime.

Howard shot just 27 percent in the first half, compared to nearly 58 percent for Gonzaga, and was outrebounded by the taller Zags 31-14 in the first.

Gonzaga pushed the lead to 30 points early in the second half and the Bison did not threaten again.

This is the third meeting between the programs, but the first in 27 years. The Zags have won all three.

1,000-POINT CLUB

Gonzaga's Williams surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his career, which includes two seasons at Missouri. He is also on the watch lists for the Naismith and Wooden awards.

ASSISTANCE PLEASE

Gonzaga had 22 assists on 40 baskets, and was led by six from Josh Perkins.

HOME COOKING

Gonzaga is 180-17 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004, and every game has been a sell-out.

BIG PICTURE

Howard: The Bison lost to Indiana 86-77 on Sunday, but this night they looked more like the team picked to finish eighth in the MEAC. Cole scored 27 against the Hoosiers.

Gonzaga: After Utah State on Saturday, the Bulldogs play in the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon, against some of the nation's top teams. That should be the first real test of the reloaded Zags, who lost four key players from last year's team.

UP NEXT

Howard plays at Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

Gonzaga hosts Utah State on Saturday.

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Key Players
R. Cole
J. Williams
30.0 Min. Per Game 30.0
16.0 Pts. Per Game 16.0
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
33.3 Field Goal % 47.4
43.8 Three Point % 50.0
90.9 Free Throw % 45.0
+ 2 Nate Garvey made jump shot 0.0
+ 2 Alex Martin made jump shot, assist by Jack Beach 16.0
+ 2 Ibrahim Dosunmu made layup 33.0
+ 2 Jeremy Jones made dunk 48.0
  Lost ball turnover on Justin Cotten, stolen by Jeremy Jones 53.0
+ 3 Jesse Wade made 3-pt. jump shot 1:03
  Personal foul on Ibrahim Dosunmu 1:09
+ 1 Kyle Foster made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:18
+ 1 Kyle Foster made 1st of 2 free throws 1:18
  Personal foul on Jack Beach 1:18
+ 2 Jacob Larsen made layup, assist by Jeremy Jones 1:29
Team Stats
Points 69 106
Field Goals 21-68 (30.9%) 40-70 (57.1%)
3-Pointers 8-25 (32.0%) 14-35 (40.0%)
Free Throws 19-23 (82.6%) 12-21 (57.1%)
Total Rebounds 33 51
Offensive 12 16
Defensive 20 31
Team 1 4
Assists 7 22
Steals 3 5
Blocks 0 3
Turnovers 10 13
Fouls 20 22
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Howard 0-3 274269
home team logo 17 Gonzaga 2-0 5452106
Team Stats
away team logo Howard 0-3 83.9 PPG 43.5 RPG 14.5 APG
home team logo 17 Gonzaga 2-0 93.7 PPG 41.5 RPG 19.3 APG
Key Players
2
R. Cole G 20.5 PPG 3.9 RPG 6.8 APG 40.3 FG%
23
Z. Norvell Jr. G 17.9 PPG 5.0 RPG 3.3 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Cole G 16 PTS 1 REB 4 AST
Z. Norvell Jr. G 18 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
30.9 FG% 57.1
32.0 3PT FG% 40.0
82.6 FT% 57.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Cole 30 16 1 4 0 0 3 1 5/17 2/8 4/5 1 0
C. Lewis 20 9 5 0 2 0 0 3 2/6 0/1 5/6 4 1
C. Williams 21 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 0/10 0/4 4/4 0 4
D. Mingo 7 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2
J. Jones 15 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Cole 30 16 1 4 0 0 3 1 5/17 2/8 4/5 1 0
C. Lewis 20 9 5 0 2 0 0 3 2/6 0/1 5/6 4 1
C. Williams 21 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 0/10 0/4 4/4 0 4
D. Mingo 7 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2
J. Jones 15 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Foster 21 10 0 0 0 0 0 3 3/9 2/5 2/2 0 0
N. Garvey 19 8 0 0 1 0 1 0 3/6 2/4 0/0 0 0
K. Tease 16 6 3 1 0 0 0 1 2/5 1/2 1/2 1 2
M. Hall 14 6 2 1 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/0 2/2 1 1
I. Dosunmu 6 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 2/2 0/0 1/2 0 2
J. Cotten 5 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1/3 1/1 0/0 0 0
Z. Cousins 23 2 10 0 0 0 2 3 1/6 0/0 0/0 4 6
H. Odunze 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
M. Obindu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Hassan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 69 32 7 3 0 10 20 21/68 8/25 19/23 12 20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Kispert 21 13 5 3 1 0 1 2 5/7 3/5 0/0 4 1
J. Williams 21 12 9 1 0 0 2 1 4/8 0/1 4/11 3 6
S. Melson 20 10 3 1 0 0 1 1 3/7 2/4 2/2 1 2
J. Perkins 25 9 3 6 1 1 2 1 3/8 3/7 0/0 1 2
K. Tillie 17 8 5 2 0 1 1 2 4/5 0/1 0/0 1 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Kispert 21 13 5 3 1 0 1 2 5/7 3/5 0/0 4 1
J. Williams 21 12 9 1 0 0 2 1 4/8 0/1 4/11 3 6
S. Melson 20 10 3 1 0 0 1 1 3/7 2/4 2/2 1 2
J. Perkins 25 9 3 6 1 1 2 1 3/8 3/7 0/0 1 2
K. Tillie 17 8 5 2 0 1 1 2 4/5 0/1 0/0 1 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Z. Norvell Jr. 23 18 4 3 2 0 2 3 7/14 3/8 1/2 1 3
R. Hachimura 20 12 6 0 0 0 3 5 5/7 0/1 2/2 1 5
J. Larsen 20 9 9 4 0 0 1 2 3/3 0/0 3/4 3 6
J. Wade 12 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 3/6 3/6 0/0 0 1
J. Jones 13 4 1 1 1 1 0 3 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 1
A. Martin 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 0
J. Beach 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
J. Ayayi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 106 47 22 5 3 13 22 40/70 14/35 12/21 16 31