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Norvell lifts No. 3 Gonzaga over Texas A&M 94-71

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga was flying up and down the court in the first half against Texas A&M, taking hurried shots, and coach Mark Few was not pleased.

At halftime he told his team to slow down, and the No. 3 Bulldogs responded by blowing out the Aggies 94-71 on Thursday night.

''We slowed a couple of guys down,'' Few said. ''We got the ball in the right places and took the right shots.''

Zach Norvell Jr. scored 22 points and Rui Hachimura added 18 for Gonzaga, which had broken the 100-point mark in its two previous games.

Brandon Clarke had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (3-0), which won its first three games for the eighth consecutive season.

Five Zags finished in double figures.

''That's obviously the strength of our team,'' Few said. ''We've got good balance.''

Gonzaga blocked 10 shots and had eight steals against the Aggies.

''We had to dig deeper than the score would indicate tonight,'' Few said. ''There were a lot of high-level plays at the rim.''

Savion Flagg scored 18 points and T.J. Starks 16 for Texas A&M (1-2). The Aggies went to the Sweet 16 last season, but had major losses to graduation and the NBA draft.

Coach Billy Kennedy was not immediately available after the game.

''Starks is a heck of a player,'' Few said.

The Aggies were plagued by shooting in the 30 percent range most of the game, although a late flurry of scoring allowed them to finish at 41.5 percent. Gonzaga shot 49 percent.

Neither team shot well in the early going, and Gonzaga led 16-14 with 11 minutes left in the first.

The Aggies tied the score at 28, but Gonzaga went on a 15-5 run in the closing five minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers by Norvell, to take a 43-33 halftime lead. Hachimura and Norvell each scored 13 points in the first, while Texas A&M was held to 36 percent shooting.

Gonzaga opened the second half with a 14-4 run to build a 57-37 lead. The Bulldogs held off the Aggies after that.

Texas A&M won the only other meeting between the programs, in 2015.

WIRE TO WIRE

The Bulldogs never trailed in the game, and led by as many as 34 points in the second half.

BLOCKS

Corey Kispert and Clarke each recorded three blocks for Gonzaga.

BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M: The Aggies are the first SEC team to visit the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Aggies played without senior guard Admon Gilder, who has a knee injury.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs played without star forward Killian Tillie, who is expected to miss most of the nonconference season with an ankle injury. The Zags were ranked third in the preseason poll, highest in their history.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M plays at Minnesota on Sunday.

Gonzaga plays Illinois in the Maui Classic on Monday. Few said he tries to get each of his players to the Maui tournament at least once in their career. ''Maui is the greatest tournament there is,'' Few said. ''It's an awesome experience.''

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Key Players
S. Flagg
1 G
J. Perkins
13 G
29.0 Min. Per Game 29.0
13.0 Pts. Per Game 13.0
9.5 Ast. Per Game 9.5
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
51.2 Field Goal % 46.2
31.6 Three Point % 20.0
100.0 Free Throw % 87.5
+ 2 John Walker III made jump shot 28.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Filip Petrusev 41.0
+ 2 Isiah Jasey made hook shot 1:04
+ 2 Filip Petrusev made hook shot 1:21
  Offensive rebound by Jeremy Jones 1:36
  Filip Petrusev missed layup 1:38
+ 2 John Walker III made layup 1:54
  Offensive rebound by John Walker III 1:57
  Mark French missed layup 1:59
  Bad pass turnover on Greg Foster Jr., stolen by John Walker III 2:07
+ 2 Isiah Jasey made dunk, assist by John Walker III 2:17
Team Stats
Points 71 94
Field Goals 27-65 (41.5%) 32-65 (49.2%)
3-Pointers 5-18 (27.8%) 7-21 (33.3%)
Free Throws 12-19 (63.2%) 23-32 (71.9%)
Total Rebounds 39 41
Offensive 12 11
Defensive 25 29
Team 2 1
Assists 9 16
Steals 6 8
Blocks 4 10
Turnovers 11 11
Fouls 23 20
Technicals 1 0
18 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
22 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Texas A&M 1-2 333871
home team logo 3 Gonzaga 3-0 435194
Team Stats
away team logo Texas A&M 1-2 71.6 PPG 41 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo 3 Gonzaga 3-0 90.7 PPG 42.5 RPG 18.7 APG
Key Players
1
S. Flagg G 11.7 PPG 7.6 RPG 2.5 APG 44.7 FG%
23
Z. Norvell Jr. G 15.5 PPG 4.7 RPG 3.3 APG 44.1 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Flagg G 18 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
Z. Norvell Jr. G 22 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
41.5 FG% 49.2
27.8 3PT FG% 33.3
63.2 FT% 71.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Flagg 18 5 1 7/14 2/5 2/2 3 35 0 0 2 2 3
T. Starks 16 4 4 7/17 0/3 2/3 3 26 0 0 4 1 3
C. Mekowulu 8 10 1 3/8 1/2 1/3 2 24 0 1 0 5 5
J. Chandler 8 2 0 2/7 1/2 3/4 5 19 2 0 3 1 1
B. Mahan 5 6 2 1/8 1/6 2/4 2 31 0 0 1 1 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Flagg 18 5 1 7/14 2/5 2/2 3 35 0 0 2 2 3
T. Starks 16 4 4 7/17 0/3 2/3 3 26 0 0 4 1 3
C. Mekowulu 8 10 1 3/8 1/2 1/3 2 24 0 1 0 5 5
J. Chandler 8 2 0 2/7 1/2 3/4 5 19 2 0 3 1 1
B. Mahan 5 6 2 1/8 1/6 2/4 2 31 0 0 1 1 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Walker III 10 4 1 4/5 0/0 2/2 2 18 1 1 0 1 3
I. Jasey 6 1 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 11 3 0 0 0 1
C. Collins 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 14 0 0 0 0 0
J. Nebo 0 5 0 0/2 0/0 0/1 1 16 0 2 1 1 4
M. French 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Z. Walker 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
W. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gilder - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Byers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Alo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. McGhee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 37 9 27/65 5/18 12/19 23 200 6 4 11 12 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Norvell Jr. 22 5 2 7/14 4/9 4/5 3 30 2 0 1 1 4
R. Hachimura 18 7 0 7/11 1/1 3/6 1 30 0 1 2 0 7
B. Clarke 14 11 2 6/10 0/0 2/2 3 25 1 3 2 4 7
C. Kispert 8 3 1 3/7 1/3 1/1 3 23 0 3 0 1 2
J. Perkins 7 2 6 3/9 0/4 1/2 3 29 3 1 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Norvell Jr. 22 5 2 7/14 4/9 4/5 3 30 2 0 1 1 4
R. Hachimura 18 7 0 7/11 1/1 3/6 1 30 0 1 2 0 7
B. Clarke 14 11 2 6/10 0/0 2/2 3 25 1 3 2 4 7
C. Kispert 8 3 1 3/7 1/3 1/1 3 23 0 3 0 1 2
J. Perkins 7 2 6 3/9 0/4 1/2 3 29 3 1 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Crandall 13 3 4 4/9 1/2 4/8 4 23 2 0 1 0 3
F. Petrusev 10 6 0 2/5 0/2 6/6 2 21 0 2 2 3 3
J. Jones 2 3 1 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 8 0 0 0 2 1
J. Beach 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Ayayi 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
G. Foster Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 2 0 0
A. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Tillie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Pennington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 94 40 16 32/65 7/21 23/32 20 200 8 10 11 11 29