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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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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Gonzaga  
19:43 +2 Brandon Clarke made turnaround jump shot 0-2
19:18   Ronnie Harrell Jr. missed jump shot  
19:16   Offensive rebound by Donoven Carlisle  
19:02   Tory Stewart-Miller missed hook shot  
19:00   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
18:53 +2 Rui Hachimura made hook shot, assist by Brandon Clarke 0-4
18:31   Ronnie Harrell Jr. missed layup  
18:27   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
18:17 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 0-6
17:55   Ade Murkey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:53   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
17:46   Bad pass turnover on Rui Hachimura  
17:15   Ade Murkey missed jump shot  
17:13   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
17:08   Bad pass turnover on Corey Kispert  
16:58   Ronnie Harrell Jr. missed layup  
16:56   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
16:55 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made driving layup 0-8
16:55   Shooting foul on Joe Rosga  
16:55 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made free throw 0-9
16:40   Joe Rosga missed jump shot, blocked by Rui Hachimura  
16:38   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
16:35 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup, assist by Josh Perkins 0-11
16:35   Shooting foul on Ronnie Harrell Jr.  
16:36 +1 Rui Hachimura made free throw 0-12
16:09   Donoven Carlisle missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:07   Offensive rebound by Ade Murkey  
15:56   Bad pass turnover on Ronnie Harrell Jr., stolen by Zach Norvell Jr.  
15:50 +2 Brandon Clarke made finger-roll layup, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 0-14
15:26   Personal foul on Josh Perkins  
15:11   Joseph Lanzi missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
15:12   Offensive rebound by Denver  
15:10   Donoven Carlisle missed layup  
15:08   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
14:55 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot 0-16
14:41   Donoven Carlisle missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:39   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
14:33 +2 Brandon Clarke made driving layup 0-18
14:15   Bad pass turnover on Ronnie Harrell Jr.  
14:00   Bad pass turnover on Corey Kispert  
13:44 +2 Alperen Kurnaz made jump shot, assist by Ronnie Harrell Jr. 2-18
13:26 +3 Corey Kispert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rui Hachimura 2-21
13:13   Joe Rosga missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:11   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
13:06   Offensive foul on Josh Perkins  
13:06   Turnover on Josh Perkins  
12:43   Bad pass turnover on Ronnie Harrell Jr.  
12:31 +2 Brandon Clarke made alley-oop shot, assist by Filip Petrusev 2-23
12:12   Joseph Lanzi missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:10   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
12:05 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeremy Jones 2-26
11:30   Ronnie Harrell Jr. missed jump shot  
11:28   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
11:22   Bad pass turnover on Zach Norvell Jr., stolen by Joe Rosga  
11:14   Shooting foul on Filip Petrusev  
11:14   Abiola Akintola missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:14   Abiola Akintola missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:14   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
11:01 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeremy Jones 2-29
10:40   Bad pass turnover on Alperen Kurnaz  
10:29 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot, assist by Jeremy Jones 2-31
10:21   Personal foul on Joel Ayayi  
10:13   Ade Murkey missed jump shot  
10:11   Offensive rebound by Tory Stewart-Miller  
10:09 +2 Tory Stewart-Miller made dunk 4-31
9:55 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot, assist by Jeremy Jones 4-33
9:37   Shooting foul on Filip Petrusev  
9:37 +1 Tory Stewart-Miller made 1st of 2 free throws 5-33
9:37 +1 Tory Stewart-Miller made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-33
9:24 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup 6-35
9:15   Tory Stewart-Miller missed jump shot  
9:13   Offensive rebound by Denver  
9:08   Joe Rosga missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:07   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
8:58   Shooting foul on Donoven Carlisle  
8:58   Rui Hachimura missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:58 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-36
8:49 +2 Ade Murkey made jump shot 8-36
8:18   Josh Perkins missed jump shot  
8:16   Defensive rebound by Joe Rosga  
8:11 +3 Donoven Carlisle made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Rosga 11-36
8:00 +2 Brandon Clarke made running Jump Shot 11-38
7:40   Ronnie Harrell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:38   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
7:29   Traveling violation turnover on Corey Kispert  
7:05 +2 Tory Stewart-Miller made dunk, assist by Donoven Carlisle 13-38
6:44 +3 Rui Hachimura made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Corey Kispert 13-41
6:22   Personal foul on Greg Foster Jr.  
6:10   Joe Rosga missed floating jump shot  
6:08   Offensive rebound by Tory Stewart-Miller  
6:08   Personal foul on Greg Foster Jr.  
6:09 +1 Tory Stewart-Miller made 1st of 2 free throws 14-41
6:09 +1 Tory Stewart-Miller made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-41
5:57 +3 Corey Kispert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rui Hachimura 15-44
5:32   Bad pass turnover on Taelyr Gatlin, stolen by Brandon Clarke  
5:31   Personal foul on Tory Stewart-Miller  
5:17   Corey Kispert missed driving layup  
5:15   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
5:15   Shooting foul on Donoven Carlisle  
5:15 +1 Brandon Clarke made 1st of 2 free throws 15-45
5:15   Brandon Clarke missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:15   Defensive rebound by Abiola Akintola  
4:45   Shot clock violation turnover on Denver  
4:26   Shooting foul on Jase Townsend  
4:26 +1 Rui Hachimura made 1st of 2 free throws 15-46
4:26 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-47
4:15   Ronnie Harrell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:13   Offensive rebound by David Nzekwesi  
4:07 +2 David Nzekwesi made dunk 17-47
3:56   Offensive foul on Rui Hachimura  
3:56   Turnover on Rui Hachimura  
3:33   David Nzekwesi missed jump shot  
3:31   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
3:26   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:24   Defensive rebound by Abiola Akintola  
3:16   Bad pass turnover on Joe Rosga, stolen by Rui Hachimura  
3:12 +2 Rui Hachimura made driving dunk 17-49
2:37   Shot clock violation turnover on Denver  
2:11 +3 Josh Perkins made 3-pt. jump shot 17-52
1:49   David Nzekwesi missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
1:47   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
1:46   Traveling violation turnover on Brandon Clarke  
1:26   Personal foul on Corey Kispert  
1:26 +1 Ade Murkey made 1st of 2 free throws 18-52
1:26 +1 Ade Murkey made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-52
1:08 +2 Brandon Clarke made driving dunk 19-54
54.0   Bad pass turnover on Ade Murkey, stolen by Josh Perkins  
48.0 +2 Corey Kispert made finger-roll layup, assist by Josh Perkins 19-56
27.0   Bad pass turnover on Ronnie Harrell Jr., stolen by Josh Perkins  
3.0   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1.0   Defensive rebound by Tory Stewart-Miller  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Joe Rosga missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:58   Offensive rebound by Denver  
19:48   Ronnie Harrell Jr. missed jump shot  
19:46   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
19:29 +2 Brandon Clarke made layup 19-58
19:29   Shooting foul on Tory Stewart-Miller  
19:29 +1 Brandon Clarke made free throw 19-59
19:17   Donoven Carlisle missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:15   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
19:02 +2 Josh Perkins made layup, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 19-61
18:42   Joe Rosga missed jump shot  
18:40   Offensive rebound by Joe Rosga  
18:35   Joe Rosga missed jump shot  
18:33   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
18:27   Lost ball turnover on Rui Hachimura, stolen by Ronnie Harrell Jr.  
18:23   Ronnie Harrell Jr. missed layup  
18:21   Offensive rebound by Donoven Carlisle  
18:18 +2 Donoven Carlisle made dunk 21-61
17:58   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:56   Defensive rebound by Tory Stewart-Miller  
17:37   Donoven Carlisle missed jump shot  
17:35   Offensive rebound by Tory Stewart-Miller  
17:36   Personal foul on Rui Hachimura  
17:30   Tory Stewart-Miller missed alley-oop shot  
17:28   Offensive rebound by Tory Stewart-Miller  
17:25 +3 Joe Rosga made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tory Stewart-Miller 24-61
17:14   Brandon Clarke missed hook shot  
17:12   Defensive rebound by Alperen Kurnaz  
17:04   Joe Rosga missed jump shot  
17:02   Offensive rebound by Alperen Kurnaz  
16:53 +2 Ronnie Harrell Jr. made jump shot 26-61
16:34   Lost ball turnover on Rui Hachimura, stolen by Alperen Kurnaz  
16:08   Elvin Rodriguez missed layup  
16:06   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
16:02   Personal foul on Abiola Akintola  
15:59 +2 Corey Kispert made layup, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 26-63
15:29 +2 Alperen Kurnaz made jump shot 28-63
15:15   Personal foul on Abiola Akintola  
15:10 +2 Brandon Clarke made layup, assist by Corey Kispert 28-65
14:49   Alperen Kurnaz missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
14:47   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
14:38 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Clarke 28-68
14:15 +2 Ronnie Harrell Jr. made reverse layup 30-68
14:05   Jeremy Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:03   Defensive rebound by Alperen Kurnaz  
13:48   Ronnie Harrell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:46   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
13:41   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:39   Defensive rebound by Alperen Kurnaz  
13:39   Personal foul on Jeremy Jones  
13:27   Elvin Rodriguez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:25   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
13:23   Personal foul on Abiola Akintola  
13:04   Brandon Clarke missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:02   Offensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
12:55   Corey Kispert missed layup  
12:53   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
12:49 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk 30-70
12:36   Personal foul on Brandon Clarke  
12:24   Backcourt turnover on Joseph Lanzi  
12:07   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:05   Defensive rebound by Tory Stewart-Miller  
11:55   Traveling violation turnover on Joseph Lanzi  
11:43   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:41   Defensive rebound by David Nzekwesi  
11:33   Ade Murkey missed jump shot  
11:31   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
11:22 +3 Corey Kispert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 30-73
10:53   Traveling violation turnover on Jase Townsend  
10:46   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:44   Defensive rebound by Ade Murkey  
10:27   Ade Murkey missed jump shot  
10:25   Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
10:17 +2 Filip Petrusev made layup, assist by Josh Perkins 30-75
9:54 +2 Tory Stewart-Miller made hook shot, assist by Jase Townsend 32-75
9:42   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Tory Stewart-Miller  
9:41   Personal foul on Filip Petrusev  
9:29   Lost ball turnover on Joseph Lanzi  
9:15 +2 Jeremy Jones made reverse layup 32-77
9:05 +2 Joe Rosga made jump shot 34-77
8:56   Personal foul on Ade Murkey  
8:48 +2 Brandon Clarke made layup 34-79
8:48   Shooting foul on Donoven Carlisle  
8:48 +1 Brandon Clarke made free throw 34-80
8:22   Joe Rosga missed jump shot  
8:20   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
8:13   Personal foul on Joe Rosga  
8:13 +1 Jeremy Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 34-81
8:13   Jeremy Jones missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:13   Defensive rebound by Ronnie Harrell Jr.  
8:06 +2 Joe Rosga made jump shot, assist by Ade Murkey 36-81
7:51   Bad pass turnover on Jeremy Jones  
7:39   Ronnie Harrell Jr. missed layup  
7:37   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
7:09 +2 Filip Petrusev made layup, assist by Jeremy Jones 36-83
6:41   Tory Stewart-Miller missed jump shot  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
6:32   Zach Norvell Jr. missed layup  
6:30   Defensive rebound by Tory Stewart-Miller  
6:26 +2 Ade Murkey made layup, assist by Tory Stewart-Miller 38-83
6:20 +2 Filip Petrusev made dunk, assist by Greg Foster Jr. 38-85
6:04   David Nzekwesi missed layup  
6:02   Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
5:47   Shooting foul on Alperen Kurnaz  
5:47 +1 Filip Petrusev made 1st of 2 free throws 38-86
5:47 +1 Filip Petrusev made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-87
5:30   Taelyr Gatlin missed jump shot  
5:28   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
5:18 +2 Filip Petrusev made hook shot, assist by Greg Foster Jr. 38-89
5:00   David Nzekwesi missed layup, blocked by Filip Petrusev  
4:58   Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
4:57   Personal foul on David Nzekwesi  
4:57 +1 Jeremy Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 38-90
4:57 +1 Jeremy Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-91
4:26   Shot clock violation turnover on Denver  
4:09   Bad pass turnover on Greg Foster Jr., stolen by Alperen Kurnaz  
3:49   Alperen Kurnaz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:47   Defensive rebound by Jack Beach  
3:43 +3 Joel Ayayi made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jack Beach 38-94
3:15   Jase Townsend missed jump shot  
3:13   Defensive rebound by Joel Ayayi  
3:09 +3 Jack Beach made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joel Ayayi 38-97
2:48 +2 David Nzekwesi made layup, assist by Joseph Lanzi 40-97
2:41   Offensive foul on Filip Petrusev  
2:41   Turnover on Filip Petrusev  
2:20   Joseph Lanzi missed layup  
2:18   Defensive rebound by Joel Ayayi  
2:07   Jack Beach missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:05