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Hachimura leads No. 15 Gonzaga over Incarnate Word 103-68

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga senior Johnathan Williams is aware that this is his final college basketball season, and he wants to make the most of it.

So even No. 15 Gonzaga's 103-68 blowout of Incarnate Word on Wednesday night was special.

''I'm going to cherish every game,'' said Williams, who scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished three assists in just 17 minutes. ''This is my last year.''

Rui Hachimura scored 18 points, Zach Norvell Jr. added 17, Josh Perkins scored 16 and Jacob Larsen 14 for Gonzaga (6-1), which lost to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament title game last season.

''Jacob and Rui played extremely well,'' Williams said of two players who came off the bench to help power the Zags to victory.

''We did what we had to do,'' coach Mark Few said. ''We played with good energy. We got after them on the defensive side from the jump.''

Few noted that getting extra minutes for Hachimura, a sophomore, and Larsen, a freshman, was always a positive. Both players are expected to contribute more as the season goes on.

Jalin Hart scored 17 points for Incarnate Word (3-3), which is in its second season of Division I basketball. Simi Socks added 12 points.

''They're a great team with a great coaching staff,'' said Ken Burmeister, coach of Incarnate Word. ''It's a tough situation coming in against a top program and a great coach.

''We weren't able to play with them on the glass,'' Burmeister said of his team's 41-27 deficit in rebounding.

Perkins made all six of his shots, including four 3-pointers. The Zags finished with 12 3s.

Gonzaga shot 54 percent while holding the Cardinals to 44 percent. The Bulldogs scored 48 points in the paint, to 26 for the smaller Cardinals.

Gonzaga, looking forward to a Friday home game against No. 25 Creighton, made quick work of this one.

With the score tied 2-2, Gonzaga went on a 17-0 run as the Cardinals were held scoreless for more than 5 minutes.

A 10-4 run a few minutes later gave Gonzaga a 35-14 lead. The Zags shot 70 percent over the first 12 minutes of the game, with six 3-pointers.

The Zags cooled off, missing nine of 10 shots, but still led 49-26 at halftime.

Silas Melson had six points as Gonzaga opened the second half with an 18-6 run to build a 67-32 lead. The Bulldogs substituted freely but the Cardinals did not threaten after that.

This was the first meeting between the programs.

The Bulldogs have held 63 consecutive opponents to under 50 percent shooting, dating to 2015.

MAY I ASSIST YOU?

Gonzaga dished out 22 assists on 37 baskets, while Incarnate Word had 12 assists. The Cardinals were also hounded into 19 turnovers.

BENCH BOSSES

Gonzaga's bench outscored the Incarnate Word bench 59-21.

EYEING CREIGHTON

Few said Creighton should be well rested when the teams meet on Friday. Gonzaga, on the other hand, has played four games in the past week. ''They are an elite-level offense,'' Few said of Creighton. ''They're an older team. They've got a lot of guys with three, four years of experience.''

BIG PICTURE

Incarnate Word: The Cardinals, from San Antonio, beat three Division III teams to open the season, but have yet to beat a Division I program this year.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs are coming off a good showing at the PK80 Invitational tournament, where they beat Ohio State and Texas, but fell to No. 6 Florida in double overtime.

UP NEXT

Incarnate Word plays Sacramento State on Saturday.

Gonzaga hosts No. 25 Creighton on Friday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 3 Jorden Kite made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Augustine Ene 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Augustine Ene 16.0
  Jack Beach missed 3-pt. jump shot 18.0
+ 3 Keaton Hervey made 3-pt. jump shot 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Keaton Hervey 43.0
  Jeremy Jones missed 2nd of 2 free throws 43.0
+ 1 Jeremy Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 43.0
  Personal foul on Keaton Hervey 43.0
  Offensive rebound by Gonzaga 47.0
  Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 49.0
+ 2 Keaton Hervey made layup 1:12
Team Stats
Points 68 103
Field Goals 25-57 (43.9%) 37-68 (54.4%)
3-Pointers 9-18 (50.0%) 12-28 (42.9%)
Free Throws 9-11 (81.8%) 17-24 (70.8%)
Total Rebounds 27 41
Offensive 6 13
Defensive 19 26
Team 2 2
Assists 12 22
Steals 4 10
Blocks 2 0
Turnovers 18 9
Fouls 21 14
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
18 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Incarnate Word 3-3 264268
home team logo 15 Gonzaga 6-1 4954103
Team Stats
away team logo Incarnate Word 3-3 65.9 PPG 30.3 RPG 11.4 APG
home team logo 15 Gonzaga 6-1 87.6 PPG 41.8 RPG 18.1 APG
Key Players
00
J. Hart G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
R. Hachimura F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Hart G 17 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
R. Hachimura F 18 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
43.9 FG% 54.4
50.0 3PT FG% 42.9
81.8 FT% 70.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hart 17 1 2 7/16 0/2 3/4 2 35 1 0 3 0 1
S. Socks 12 5 1 5/12 0/1 2/2 4 28 0 0 3 2 3
S. Johnson 10 4 3 3/8 2/6 2/2 4 34 3 0 0 1 3
K. Hervey 8 3 2 3/5 2/2 0/0 2 22 0 1 2 1 2
D. Wyatt 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 17 0 1 3 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hart 17 1 2 7/16 0/2 3/4 2 35 1 0 3 0 1
S. Socks 12 5 1 5/12 0/1 2/2 4 28 0 0 3 2 3
S. Johnson 10 4 3 3/8 2/6 2/2 4 34 3 0 0 1 3
K. Hervey 8 3 2 3/5 2/2 0/0 2 22 0 1 2 1 2
D. Wyatt 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 17 0 1 3 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Burmeister 11 3 1 4/6 3/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 2 0 3
J. Kite 9 0 0 3/4 2/2 1/1 0 7 0 0 1 0 0
C. Peevy 1 3 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 4 10 0 0 2 0 3
M. Thornton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. Ene 0 4 1 0/4 0/1 0/0 2 17 0 0 2 1 3
C. Graham 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
C. Brown III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Hulva - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Kulikov - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 25 12 25/57 9/18 9/11 21 200 4 2 18 6 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Perkins 16 3 3 6/6 4/4 0/0 1 20 2 0 0 0 3
J. Williams 9 7 3 4/7 0/2 1/2 1 17 1 0 1 0 7
S. Melson 9 2 2 3/7 1/4 2/2 0 20 1 0 1 1 1
K. Tillie 5 3 2 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 15 0 0 1 1 2
C. Kispert 5 1 1 2/5 1/4 0/2 1 13 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Perkins 16 3 3 6/6 4/4 0/0 1 20 2 0 0 0 3
J. Williams 9 7 3 4/7 0/2 1/2 1 17 1 0 1 0 7
S. Melson 9 2 2 3/7 1/4 2/2 0 20 1 0 1 1 1
K. Tillie 5 3 2 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 15 0 0 1 1 2
C. Kispert 5 1 1 2/5 1/4 0/2 1 13 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Hachimura 18 5 1 6/10 2/2 4/4 0 16 0 0 0 4 1
Z. Norvell Jr. 17 4 5 7/10 2/5 1/1 3 28 2 0 2 2 2
J. Larsen 14 8 3 5/10 0/0 4/4 3 21 0 0 2 4 4
J. Jones 6 5 1 1/3 0/1 4/7 4 21 0 0 1 1 4
J. Wade 3 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 19 3 0 1 0 1
A. Martin 1 0 0 0/1 0/1 1/2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Beach 0 0 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 8 1 0 0 0 0
J. Ayayi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 103 39 22 37/68 12/28 17/24 14 200 10 0 9 13 26