TEXSO
GONZAG

No Text

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.

---

More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Texas Southern  
19:48 +3 Jalyn Patterson made 3-pt. jump shot 3-0
19:30   Brandon Clarke missed jump shot  
19:28   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Combs  
19:17   Trayvon Reed missed jump shot  
19:15   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
19:09 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot 3-2
18:46   Bad pass turnover on Trayvon Reed, stolen by Josh Perkins  
18:43 +2 Josh Perkins made layup 3-4
18:19   Personal foul on Brandon Clarke  
18:14   Jalyn Patterson missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
18:12   Offensive rebound by Texas Southern  
18:01   Jalyn Patterson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:59   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
17:54   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:52   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
17:52 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk 3-6
17:40   Out of bounds turnover on Cainan McClelland  
17:30   Zach Norvell Jr. missed jump shot  
17:28   Defensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
17:18   Bad pass turnover on Jalyn Patterson  
17:04 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup, assist by Josh Perkins 3-8
17:04   Shooting foul on Trayvon Reed  
17:04 +1 Rui Hachimura made free throw 3-9
16:36   Cainan McClelland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:34   Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
16:25   Filip Petrusev missed jump shot  
16:23   Offensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
16:17 +2 Josh Perkins made floating jump shot, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 3-11
16:03 +2 Trayvon Reed made alley-oop shot, assist by Devocio Butler 5-11
15:46   Rui Hachimura missed jump shot  
15:44   Defensive rebound by Jalyn Patterson  
15:30   Bad pass turnover on Jeremy Combs, stolen by Rui Hachimura  
15:22 +2 Filip Petrusev made layup, assist by Josh Perkins 5-13
15:03   Personal foul on Zach Norvell Jr.  
14:46   Personal foul on Rui Hachimura  
14:46 +2 Jeremy Combs made layup, assist by Jalyn Patterson 7-13
14:24   Personal foul on Jeremy Combs  
14:12   Bad pass turnover on Geno Crandall, stolen by Jeremy Combs  
14:09   Lost ball turnover on Jeremy Combs, stolen by Geno Crandall  
14:09   Jumpball received by Gonzaga  
14:06   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:04   Defensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
13:48   Jalyn Patterson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:46   Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
13:30   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:28   Offensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
13:26   Bad pass turnover on Geno Crandall, stolen by Tyrik Armstrong  
13:08 +3 Devocio Butler made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Derrick Bruce 10-13
12:54   Filip Petrusev missed layup  
12:52   Defensive rebound by Tyrik Armstrong  
12:46   Tyrik Armstrong missed layup  
12:44   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
12:37   Corey Kispert missed layup  
12:35   Defensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
12:30   Devocio Butler missed jump shot  
12:28   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
12:10   Bad pass turnover on Josh Perkins, stolen by Derrick Bruce  
12:04   Justin Hopkins missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
12:02   Offensive rebound by Jeremy Combs  
12:01   Jeremy Combs missed dunk  
11:59   Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
11:58   Personal foul on Derrick Bruce  
11:40   Filip Petrusev missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:38   Offensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
11:38   Rui Hachimura missed dunk  
11:36   Offensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
11:36   Shooting foul on Devocio Butler  
11:36   Rui Hachimura missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:36 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-14
11:36 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-14
11:11 +2 Devocio Butler made floating jump shot 12-14
10:55   Offensive foul on Rui Hachimura  
10:55   Turnover on Rui Hachimura  
10:45   Traveling violation turnover on Justin Hopkins  
10:30 +2 Brandon Clarke made hook shot 12-16
10:14   Traveling violation turnover on Devocio Butler  
9:55   Brandon Clarke missed layup  
9:53   Defensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
9:41   Shooting foul on Zach Norvell Jr.  
9:41 +1 Justin Hopkins made 1st of 2 free throws 13-16
9:41 +1 Justin Hopkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-16
9:26   Geno Crandall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:24   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
9:24   Personal foul on Devocio Butler  
9:22 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made layup, assist by Geno Crandall 14-18
9:02   Trayvon Reed missed jump shot  
9:00   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
8:54 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 14-21
8:43   Shooting foul on Zach Norvell Jr.  
8:43 +1 Trayvon Reed made 1st of 2 free throws 15-21
8:43   Trayvon Reed missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:43   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
8:36   Geno Crandall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:34   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
8:34 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk 15-23
8:07   Jalyn Patterson missed layup  
8:05   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
8:05   Shooting foul on Cainan McClelland  
8:05 +1 Corey Kispert made 1st of 2 free throws 15-24
8:05 +1 Corey Kispert made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-25
7:50   Jalyn Patterson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:48   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
7:41   Brandon Clarke missed jump shot  
7:39   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
7:39   Brandon Clarke missed dunk  
7:37   Defensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
7:33 +2 Jalyn Patterson made layup 17-25
7:04 +2 Brandon Clarke made alley-oop shot, assist by Josh Perkins 17-27
6:49   Jalyn Patterson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:47   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
6:47   Personal foul on Justin Hopkins  
6:47 +1 Josh Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 17-28
6:47 +1 Josh Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-29
6:34   Derrick Bruce missed floating jump shot  
6:32   Offensive rebound by Texas Southern  
6:23   Lost ball turnover on Jalyn Patterson, stolen by Geno Crandall  
6:15 +3 Corey Kispert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 17-32
6:02   Derrick Bruce missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:00   Offensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
5:58 +2 Trayvon Reed made layup 19-32
5:45   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Derrick Bruce  
5:38   Derrick Bruce missed driving layup  
5:36   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
5:24   Shooting foul on Derrick Bruce  
5:24 +1 Josh Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 19-33
5:24 +1 Josh Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-34
5:03   Jalyn Patterson missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
5:01   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
4:54   Personal foul on Derrick Bruce  
4:54 +1 Josh Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 19-35
4:54 +1 Josh Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-36
4:29   Jalyn Patterson missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
4:27   Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
4:17   Offensive foul on Josh Perkins  
4:17   Turnover on Josh Perkins  
4:02   Cainan McClelland missed jump shot  
4:00   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
3:53   Offensive foul on Corey Kispert  
3:53   Turnover on Corey Kispert  
3:29   Jalyn Patterson missed driving layup  
3:27   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
3:23   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:21   Defensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
3:13   Offensive foul on Jeremy Combs  
3:13   Turnover on Jeremy Combs  
2:51   Filip Petrusev missed layup  
2:49   Offensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
2:47   Filip Petrusev missed layup  
2:45   Defensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
2:33   Trayvon Reed missed jump shot  
2:31   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
2:27   Shooting foul on Jalyn Patterson  
2:27 +1 Brandon Clarke made 1st of 2 free throws 19-37
2:27   Brandon Clarke missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:27   Defensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
2:07 +3 Devocio Butler made 3-pt. jump shot 22-37
1:44 +3 Jeremy Jones made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 22-40
1:25   Cainan McClelland missed jump shot  
1:23   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
1:17   Shooting foul on Jeremy Combs  
1:17 +1 Geno Crandall made 1st of 2 free throws 22-41
1:17 +1 Geno Crandall made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-42
54.0   Devocio Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
52.0   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
38.0 +2 Brandon Clarke made jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 22-44
8.0   Shooting foul on Brandon Clarke  
8.0   Jalyn Patterson missed 1st of 3 free throws  
8.0 +1 Jalyn Patterson made 2nd of 3 free throws 23-44
8.0 +1 Jalyn Patterson made 2nd of 3 free throws 23-44
8.0 +1 Jalyn Patterson made 3rd of 3 free throws 24-44
3.0   Shooting foul on Trayvon Reed  
3.0 +1 Jeremy Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 24-45
3.0 +1 Jeremy Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-46
1.0   Tyrik Armstrong missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Texas Southern  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:45   Bad pass turnover on Cainan McClelland  
19:32 +2 Rui Hachimura made dunk, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 24-48
19:00   Trayvon Reed missed jump shot  
18:58   Offensive rebound by Jeremy Combs  
18:58   Shooting foul on Zach Norvell Jr.  
18:58   Jeremy Combs missed 1st of 2 free throws  
18:58   Jeremy Combs missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
18:59   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
18:58   Rui Hachimura missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:51   Defensive rebound by Jalyn Patterson  
18:46   Devocio Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:56   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
18:27   Rui Hachimura missed layup, blocked by Trayvon Reed  
18:25   Defensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
18:20   Personal foul on Corey Kispert  
18:20 +1 Jeremy Combs made 1st of 2 free throws 25-48
18:20 +1 Jeremy Combs made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-48
18:00   Personal foul on Jalyn Patterson  
18:18   Josh Perkins missed layup, blocked by Trayvon Reed  
18:16   Offensive rebound by Gonzaga  
18:14   Rui Hachimura missed jump shot  
18:12   Defensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
17:35   Bad pass turnover on Trayvon Reed, stolen by Brandon Clarke  
17:29 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk, assist by Josh Perkins 26-50
17:08   Trayvon Reed missed jump shot  
17:06   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
16:59 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk, assist by Geno Crandall 26-52
16:27   Jalyn Patterson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:25   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
16:10 +2 Geno Crandall made layup 26-54
15:59   Personal foul on Geno Crandall  
15:44   Jalyn Patterson missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
15:42   Offensive rebound by Trayvon Reed  
15:38 +2 Trayvon Reed made layup 28-54
15:36   Out of bounds turnover on Geno Crandall  
15:19 +3 Jalyn Patterson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trayvon Reed 31-54
15:06 +2 Josh Perkins made layup 31-56
14:58   Jalyn Patterson missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
14:56   Defensive rebound by Geno Crandall  
14:49   Shooting foul on Jeremy Combs  
14:49   Rui Hachimura missed 1st of 2 free throws  
14:49 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-57
14:30   Devocio Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:28   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
14:13 +2 Josh Perkins made layup 31-59
13:57 +2 Trayvon Reed made dunk, assist by Derrick Bruce 33-59
13:34 +2 Geno Crandall made layup 33-61
13:25   Jalyn Patterson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:23   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
13:15   Josh Perkins missed layup, blocked by Trayvon Reed  
13:13   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
13:03 +2 Brandon Clarke made layup 33-63
12:58 +2 Derrick Bruce made jump shot 35-63
12:43 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot 35-65
12:33 +2 Derrick Bruce made layup 37-65
12:33   Shooting foul on Filip Petrusev  
12:33 +1 Derrick Bruce made free throw 38-65
12:15   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:13   Defensive rebound by Devocio Butler  
11:52 +2 Justin Hopkins made jump shot, assist by Derrick Bruce 40-65
11:43 +3 Filip Petrusev made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 40-68
11:26 +2 Justin Hopkins made jump shot, assist by Derrick Bruce 42-68
11:15 +2 Filip Petrusev made jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 42-70
10:58   Jeremy Combs missed jump shot  
10:56   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
10:50   Bad pass turnover on Rui Hachimura, stolen by Jeremy Combs  
10:44