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Clarke, Hachimura lead No. 8 Gonzaga over Denver 101-40

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Rui Hachimura was perfect from the field and missed just one free throw, but what he really wanted to talk about was his defense.

''I think we played good defense first,'' Hachimura said. ''Right now we are more focused on defensive stuff.''

Hachimura scored 23 points on 9-of-9 shooting, Brandon Clarke also had 23 and Gonzaga routed Denver 101-40 on Friday night.

Gonzaga held Denver to 24.6 percent shooting, including 2 of 18 from 3-point range. The Bulldogs were plenty efficient on offense, too, making their first 15 shots to jump to a 36-6 lead.

''That's good,'' said Hachimura, who was aware of his shooting streak.

''I saw the board. It said 100 percent,'' he said. ''Oh, yeah.''

Corey Kispert added 13 points and Zach Norvell Jr. scored 12 for Gonzaga (11-2), which is 13-0 all-time against current members of the Summit League.

Troy Stewart-Miller scored 10 points for undermanned Denver (5-9), which couldn't handle Gonzaga's size and speed.

Clarke made 10 of 12 field goals as Gonzaga shot 68 percent to overwhelm the Pioneers.

''Our ball pressure made some things happen,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said, adding the perimeter defense ''took away their main scorers.''

Few said he didn't realize the Zags sank their first 15 shots.

''I was ticked off about turnovers,'' Few said of the 13 turnovers recorded by his team.

This one was over early.

Denver missed its first 11 shots and did not score for the first six minutes, falling behind 18-0.

''We always talk about getting a really, really good start,'' Clarke said. ''Just to make the game a lot easier for us.''

Gonzaga led 56-19 at halftime after shooting 84.6 percent (22 of 26) from the floor. Hachimura scored all his points in the first.

The Pioneers shot just 21.4 percent in the first (6 of 28) and committed 10 turnovers.

Denver made a 9-2 run early in the second to cut Gonzaga's lead to 63-28, but Gonzaga soon had the lead back at 40 points.

''This will launch us into a well-deserved break for this squad,'' Few said of the week off for Christmas. ''We've got to regenerate the batteries.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A pair of big wins this week should help the Zags at least maintain the No. 8 ranking, and perhaps move up.

THE BOARDS

Gonzaga won the rebounding battle 42-29, led by Clarke's seven. The Zags outscored Denver in the paint 56-20.

SHOOTING WOES

The Pioneers came in shooting 37 percent from 3-point range, but they made just 11 percent against Gonzaga and went only 6 of 10 from the free-throw line.

BIG PICTURE

Denver: The Pioneers came in averaging 70.4 points per game, but could not penetrate Gonzaga's defense. ... Denver coach Rodney Billups was the starting point guard when the Pioneers lost to Gonzaga in 2003, the only previous meeting between the programs.

Gonzaga: Guard Josh Perkins leads the nation with 96 assists and the Zags lead the nation with 232 assists. ... Gonzaga came in averaging 93.3 points per game, sixth in the nation. ... Four Gonzaga starters average in double digits and the fifth averages better than nine points per game. ... Gonzaga has won 93 percent of its home games since the McCarthey Athletic Center opened in 2004.

UP NEXT

Denver plays at Omaha in its Summit League opener next Friday.

Gonzaga takes a Christmas break and plays North Alabama next Friday, the third in a run of six consecutive home games.

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Key Players
J. Rosga
2 G
J. Perkins
13 G
32.8 Min. Per Game 32.8
11.0 Pts. Per Game 11.0
8.0 Ast. Per Game 8.0
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
36.4 Field Goal % 45.6
40.4 Three Point % 42.3
83.3 Free Throw % 91.3
  Offensive rebound by Joel Ayayi 23.0
  Joel Ayayi missed 3-pt. jump shot 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Greg Foster Jr. 39.0
  Alperen Kurnaz missed 3-pt. jump shot 41.0
+ 2 Joel Ayayi made layup, assist by Jack Beach 51.0
  Defensive rebound by Joel Ayayi 1:01
  Joseph Lanzi missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:03
  Defensive rebound by Jase Townsend 1:16
  Alex Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:18
  Defensive rebound by Joel Ayayi 1:32
  Jase Townsend missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:32
Team Stats
Points 40 101
Field Goals 16-65 (24.6%) 39-57 (68.4%)
3-Pointers 2-18 (11.1%) 10-23 (43.5%)
Free Throws 6-10 (60.0%) 13-16 (81.3%)
Total Rebounds 29 42
Offensive 10 4
Defensive 16 36
Team 3 2
Assists 8 25
Steals 4 6
Blocks 0 5
Turnovers 12 13
Fouls 15 15
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
23 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Denver 5-9 192140
home team logo 8 Gonzaga 11-2 5645101
Team Stats
away team logo Denver 5-9 69.5 PPG 36.5 RPG 11.8 APG
home team logo 8 Gonzaga 11-2 88.6 PPG 41.4 RPG 18.3 APG
Key Players
14
T. Stewart-Miller F 8.2 PPG 5.2 RPG 0.6 APG 56.0 FG%
21
R. Hachimura F 19.7 PPG 6.6 RPG 1.5 APG 60.3 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Stewart-Miller F 10 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
R. Hachimura F 23 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
24.6 FG% 68.4
11.1 3PT FG% 43.5
60.0 FT% 81.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Stewart-Miller 10 9 2 3/7 0/0 4/4 2 22 0 0 0 4 5
J. Rosga 7 2 1 3/12 1/4 0/0 2 28 1 0 1 1 1
A. Murkey 6 2 1 2/7 0/1 2/2 1 22 0 0 1 1 1
D. Carlisle 5 2 1 2/7 1/4 0/0 3 17 0 0 0 2 0
R. Harrell Jr. 4 1 1 2/12 0/3 0/0 1 29 1 0 4 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Stewart-Miller 10 9 2 3/7 0/0 4/4 2 22 0 0 0 4 5
J. Rosga 7 2 1 3/12 1/4 0/0 2 28 1 0 1 1 1
A. Murkey 6 2 1 2/7 0/1 2/2 1 22 0 0 1 1 1
D. Carlisle 5 2 1 2/7 1/4 0/0 3 17 0 0 0 2 0
R. Harrell Jr. 4 1 1 2/12 0/3 0/0 1 29 1 0 4 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Kurnaz 4 4 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 1 16 2 0 1 1 3
D. Nzekwesi 4 2 0 2/6 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 0 1 1
A. Akintola 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 3 12 0 0 0 0 2
E. Rodriguez 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
T. Gatlin 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 1 0 0
J. Lanzi 0 0 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 14 0 0 3 0 0
J. Townsend 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/2 1 14 0 0 1 0 2
J. Krafka - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Joiner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 40 26 8 16/65 2/18 6/10 15 200 4 0 12 10 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Clarke 23 7 2 10/12 0/1 3/4 1 29 1 3 1 2 5
R. Hachimura 23 5 2 9/9 1/1 4/5 2 26 1 1 4 0 5
C. Kispert 13 4 2 5/12 3/8 0/0 1 27 0 0 3 0 4
Z. Norvell Jr. 12 2 4 4/7 3/5 1/1 0 26 1 0 1 0 2
J. Perkins 5 5 4 2/4 1/2 0/0 2 26 2 0 1 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Clarke 23 7 2 10/12 0/1 3/4 1 29 1 3 1 2 5
R. Hachimura 23 5 2 9/9 1/1 4/5 2 26 1 1 4 0 5
C. Kispert 13 4 2 5/12 3/8 0/0 1 27 0 0 3 0 4
Z. Norvell Jr. 12 2 4 4/7 3/5 1/1 0 26 1 0 1 0 2
J. Perkins 5 5 4 2/4 1/2 0/0 2 26 2 0 1 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Petrusev 10 4 1 4/4 0/0 2/2 4 16 0 1 1 0 4
J. Jones 5 5 5 1/2 0/1 3/4 1 18 1 0 1 1 4
J. Ayayi 5 5 1 2/3 1/2 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 1 4
J. Beach 3 1 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1
G. Foster Jr. 2 2 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 0 1 0 2
A. Martin 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Lang 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
G. Crandall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Tillie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Pennington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 101 40 25 39/57 10/23 13/16 15 200 6 5 13 4 36