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Hachimura leads No. 7 Gonzaga past Santa Clara, 91-48

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Santa Clara never had a chance with No. 7 Gonzaga at full strength for the first time this season.

Rui Hachimura scored 25 points, Brandon Clarke added 16 and Gonzaga routed Santa Clara 91-48 to open defense of its West Coast Conference regular-season title.

''That was exactly what we wanted to do,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said about the impressive offensive and defensive performance. ''We had our defense going. We were able to score in transition.''

With key contributors Killian Tillie and Geno Crandall back from injuries, Gonzaga (14-2) posted its 18th consecutive victory over Santa Clara since 2011. Josh Perkins had six points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Keshawn Justice scored 14 points, Josip Vrankic had 11 and Tahj Eaddy 10 for Santa Clara (9-7, 1-1). The Broncos had won six in a row.

''We're going to keep working to get better, and learn from this experience,'' Santa Clara coach Herb Sendek said.

Gonzaga has won 23 straight WCC openers, with its last loss in 1996. The Bulldogs have won six straight WCC regular-season titles.

But the West Coast Conference had a strong nonconference record, and Few is expecting plenty of battles in the next two months.

''This looks like the best league out West,'' Few said. ''We are going to have some real tough outs.''

The Zags used a stout defense to run away with this game, holding Santa Clara to 33 percent shooting. The Broncos made only 4 of 17 from 3-point range and 10 of 22 free throws. They also committed 23 turnovers.

Hachimura scored 14 points to help Gonzaga jump to a 22-10 lead.

''I want him aggressive 24 hours a day, seven days a week,'' Few said, when asked if Hachimura was asked to play strong at the start of the game.

A 9-1 run put the Zags up 33-14.

Gonzaga led 50-27 at halftime behind 18 points by Hachimura and 13 by Clarke. The Zags shot 56 percent in the first while holding Santa Clara to 35 percent.

Hachimura converted a three-point play to ignite a 16-3 run that put the Zags up 70-34 midway through the second. The Broncos did not threaten after that.

FULL STRENGTH

Tillie played his first minutes of the season after suffering an ankle injury in preseason practice. Crandall also returned Saturday after missing a month with a fractured hand. That meant Gonzaga was at full strength for the first time this season. Few said the return of Tillie meant forwards Hachimura and Clarke can play harder without worrying so much about foul trouble.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Five straight wins by a margin of better than 40 points could push the Zags higher in the Top 25.

RUI SHARP

Hachimura made 8 of 12 field goals and all nine of his free throws to lead all scorers.

BLOCKS

Clarke blocked five shots and had a couple of steals. Gonzaga totaled nine blocks and 14 steals. Santa Clara had one block and one steal.

BIG PICTURE

Santa Clara: The Broncos have lost 41 of their past 43 games against Gonzaga, and haven't won in Spokane since 2007 ... They own wins this season over Southern California and Washington State of the Pac-12 ... The Broncos came in averaging 73.5 points per game.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have won five games in a row since suffering a pair of losses that knocked them from first in The AP Top 25 ... The Zags lead the nation in field goal percentage at 53.3 percent and are second in scoring at 93.7 points per game ... Gonzaga won its previous four games by a margin of 43.7 points. ... Gonzaga improved to 200-15 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

UP NEXT

Santa Clara: Hosts Pepperdine on Thursday night.

Gonzaga: Hosts Pacific on Thursday night.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Gonzaga  
19:44   Rui Hachimura missed driving layup  
19:42   Defensive rebound by Guglielmo Caruso  
19:17   Tahj Eaddy missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
19:17   Offensive rebound by Santa Clara  
19:13   Josip Vrankic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:11   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
18:56   Rui Hachimura missed layup  
18:54   Offensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
18:50 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup 0-2
18:24   Josh Martin missed jump shot  
18:22   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
18:17   Shooting foul on Josh Martin  
18:17   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
18:17 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-3
18:09   Personal foul on Josh Perkins  
17:55 +2 Trey Wertz made floating jump shot 2-3
17:45   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:43   Defensive rebound by Josh Martin  
17:32   Offensive foul on Josip Vrankic  
17:32   Turnover on Josip Vrankic  
17:18 +2 Rui Hachimura made reverse layup 2-5
16:51   Bad pass turnover on Tahj Eaddy, stolen by Josh Perkins  
16:46   Shooting foul on Josh Martin  
16:46 +1 Rui Hachimura made 1st of 2 free throws 2-6
16:46 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-7
16:33   Tahj Eaddy missed driving layup  
16:31   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
16:27 +2 Rui Hachimura made driving layup 2-9
15:55 +2 Josip Vrankic made hook shot 4-9
15:39 +2 Brandon Clarke made reverse layup, assist by Rui Hachimura 4-11
15:24 +3 Keshawn Justice made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tahj Eaddy 7-11
15:06 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot 7-13
14:36   Trey Wertz missed jump shot  
14:34   Offensive rebound by Trey Wertz  
14:30   Josip Vrankic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:28   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
14:23   Shooting foul on Guglielmo Caruso  
14:23 +1 Brandon Clarke made 1st of 2 free throws 7-14
14:23   Brandon Clarke missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
14:23   Defensive rebound by Ezekiel Richards  
14:07   Personal foul on Geno Crandall  
14:03   Personal foul on Corey Kispert  
13:56   Keshawn Justice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:54   Defensive rebound by Geno Crandall  
13:47   Shooting foul on Ezekiel Richards  
13:47 +1 Brandon Clarke made 1st of 2 free throws 7-15
13:47 +1 Brandon Clarke made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-16
13:35   Offensive foul on Henrik Jadersten  
13:35   Turnover on Henrik Jadersten  
13:20   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:18   Defensive rebound by Keshawn Justice  
13:18   Personal foul on Jeremy Jones  
12:54   Keshawn Justice missed layup, blocked by Rui Hachimura  
12:52   Defensive rebound by Geno Crandall  
12:42 +2 Geno Crandall made driving layup 7-18
12:28   Personal foul on Killian Tillie  
12:08   Shot clock violation turnover on Santa Clara  
11:53 +2 Rui Hachimura made dunk, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 7-20
11:31 +3 Tahj Eaddy made 3-pt. jump shot 10-20
11:16   Killian Tillie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:14   Offensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
11:09   Personal foul on Henrik Jadersten  
11:09 +1 Rui Hachimura made 1st of 2 free throws 10-21
11:09 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-22
10:44   Lost ball turnover on Trey Wertz, stolen by Killian Tillie  
10:38 +2 Killian Tillie made driving layup 10-24
10:27   Lost ball turnover on Trey Wertz, stolen by Josh Perkins  
10:24   Josh Perkins missed driving layup  
10:22   Defensive rebound by Keshawn Justice  
10:24   Personal foul on Geno Crandall  
9:59   Lost ball turnover on Ezekiel Richards, stolen by Josh Perkins  
9:47   Bad pass turnover on Corey Kispert, stolen by Josip Vrankic  
9:42 +2 Josip Vrankic made layup 12-24
9:31   Rui Hachimura missed layup  
9:29   Offensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
9:25   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:23   Defensive rebound by Keshawn Justice  
9:20   Shooting foul on Killian Tillie  
9:20 +1 Ezekiel Richards made 1st of 2 free throws 13-24
9:20   Ezekiel Richards missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:20   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
9:13   Personal foul on Ezekiel Richards  
9:13 +1 Rui Hachimura made 1st of 2 free throws 13-25
9:13 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-26
8:56   Tahj Eaddy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:54   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
8:40   Shooting foul on Guglielmo Caruso  
8:40 +1 Rui Hachimura made 1st of 2 free throws 13-27
8:40 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-28
8:28   Shooting foul on Rui Hachimura  
8:28 +1 Josip Vrankic made 1st of 2 free throws 14-28
8:28   Josip Vrankic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:28   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
8:20 +2 Brandon Clarke made driving layup 14-30
8:04   Tahj Eaddy missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
8:02   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
7:56 +3 Corey Kispert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 14-33
7:39   Shooting foul on Corey Kispert  
7:39 +1 Keshawn Justice made 1st of 2 free throws 15-33
7:39 +1 Keshawn Justice made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-33
7:26   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:24   Defensive rebound by Josip Vrankic  
7:19   Keshawn Justice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:17   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
7:09   Traveling violation turnover on Filip Petrusev  
6:57   Trey Wertz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:55   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
6:41 +2 Filip Petrusev made layup, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 16-35
6:27 +3 Tahj Eaddy made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trey Wertz 19-35
6:15   Personal foul on Trey Wertz  
6:15 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 19-36
6:15 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-37
6:02   Tahj Eaddy missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
6:00   Offensive rebound by Tahj Eaddy  
5:52   Henrik Jadersten missed layup  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
5:51   Traveling violation turnover on Zach Norvell Jr.  
5:35   Tahj Eaddy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:33   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
5:17 +2 Brandon Clarke made hook shot 19-39
4:45 +2 Josip Vrankic made layup, assist by Henrik Jadersten 21-39
4:35 +2 Brandon Clarke made layup, assist by Josh Perkins 21-41
4:16 +2 Trey Wertz made driving layup 23-41
4:00 +2 Josh Perkins made jump shot 23-43
3:41 +2 Josip Vrankic made layup, assist by Trey Wertz 25-43
3:25   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:23   Defensive rebound by Trey Wertz  
3:02   Bad pass turnover on Trey Wertz, stolen by Brandon Clarke  
2:56 +2 Josh Perkins made dunk, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 25-45
2:43   Lost ball turnover on Trey Wertz, stolen by Zach Norvell Jr.  
2:38 +2 Brandon Clarke made alley-oop shot, assist by Josh Perkins 25-47
2:17 +2 Tahj Eaddy made floating jump shot 27-47
2:06   Brandon Clarke missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:04   Defensive rebound by Santa Clara  
1:53   Bad pass turnover on Tahj Eaddy, stolen by Josh Perkins  
1:43   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:41   Defensive rebound by Tahj Eaddy  
1:29   Tahj Eaddy missed jump shot  
1:27   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
1:13 +3 Killian Tillie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 27-50
44.0   Keshawn Justice missed jump shot, blocked by Killian Tillie  
42.0   Offensive rebound by Josh Martin  
41.0   Shooting foul on Killian Tillie  
41.0   Josh Martin missed 1st of 2 free throws  
41.0   Josh Martin missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
41.0   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
41.0   Zach Norvell Jr. missed fade-away jump shot  
39.0   Defensive rebound by Ezekiel Richards  
2.0   Tahj Eaddy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1.0   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:43   Guglielmo Caruso missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
19:41   Offensive rebound by Tahj Eaddy  
19:34   Lost ball turnover on Josip Vrankic, stolen by Brandon Clarke  
19:17   Shooting foul on Guglielmo Caruso  
19:17   Brandon Clarke missed 1st of 2 free throws  
19:17 +1 Brandon Clarke made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-51
18:50   Bad pass turnover on Tahj Eaddy, stolen by Rui Hachimura  
18:31   Rui Hachimura missed layup  
18:29   Defensive rebound by Guglielmo Caruso  
18:02   Lost ball turnover on Tahj Eaddy, stolen by Corey Kispert  
17:57   Shooting foul on Josh Martin  
17:57 +1 Corey Kispert made 1st of 2 free throws 27-52
17:57   Corey Kispert missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:57   Defensive rebound by Josh Martin  
17:35 +2 Josip Vrankic made layup, assist by Trey Wertz 29-52
17:24   Personal foul on Tahj Eaddy  
17:18   Traveling violation turnover on Rui Hachimura  
17:08   Offensive foul on Guglielmo Caruso  
17:08   Turnover on Guglielmo Caruso  
16:55 +2 Rui Hachimura made dunk, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 29-54
16:43   Personal foul on Corey Kispert  
16:38 +2 Keshawn Justice made jump shot, assist by Trey Wertz 31-54
16:28 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup 31-56
16:38   Shooting foul on Josip Vrankic  
16:29 +1 Rui Hachimura made free throw 31-57
16:11   Lost ball turnover on Keshawn Justice, stolen by Zach Norvell Jr.  
16:03 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made layup 31-59
15:46 +3 Keshawn Justice made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trey Wertz 34-59
15:32 +2 Brandon Clarke made layup, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 34-61
15:32   Shooting foul on Josip Vrankic  
15:31   Brandon Clarke missed free throw  
15:18   Defensive rebound by Ezekiel Richards  
15:01   Trey Wertz missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
14:59   Offensive rebound by Santa Clara  
14:59   Shot clock violation turnover on Santa Clara  
14:47   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:45   Defensive rebound by Trey Wertz  
14:16   Tahj Eaddy missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Killian Tillie  
14:14   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
14:08   Zach Norvell Jr. missed layup  
14:06   Offensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
13:59   Zach Norvell Jr. missed layup  
13:59   Offensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
13:59   Shooting foul on Ezekiel Richards  
13:59 +1 Josh Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 34-62
13:59 +1 Josh Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-63
13:49   Offensive foul on Trey Wertz  
13:49   Turnover on Trey Wertz  
13:30 +3 Geno Crandall made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rui Hachimura 34-66
13:29   Personal foul on Killian Tillie  
13:16   Josh Martin missed layup  
13:14   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
13:05   Traveling violation turnover on Killian Tillie  
13:01   Ezekiel Richards missed layup, blocked by Josh Perkins  
12:59   Offensive rebound by Santa Clara  
12:56   Keshawn Justice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:54   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
12:46 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot 34-68
12:25   Keshawn Justice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:25   Offensive rebound by Santa Clara  
12:03   Lost ball turnover on Henrik Jadersten, stolen by Geno Crandall  
11:56 +2 Geno Crandall made layup 34-70
11:48   Shooting foul on Jeremy Jones  
11:48   Ezekiel Richards missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:48 +1 Ezekiel Richards made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-70
11:26   Brandon Clarke missed layup  
11:24   Defensive rebound by Guglielmo Caruso  
11:19   Personal foul on Killian Tillie  
11:13 +2 Tahj Eaddy made jump shot 37-70
11:00   Filip Petrusev missed hook shot  
10:58   Defensive rebound by Josh Martin  
10:50   Keshawn Justice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:48   Defensive rebound by Geno Crandall  
10:42 +2 Filip Petrusev made dunk, assist by Geno Crandall 37-72
10:11   Shot clock violation turnover on Santa Clara  
9:54   Filip Petrusev missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:52   Defensive rebound by Josip Vrankic  
9:44   Tahj Eaddy missed jump shot  
9:42   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
9:21   Zach Norvell Jr. missed jump shot  
9:19   Offensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
9:11 +2 Corey Kispert made layup 37-74
9:04   Bad pass turnover on Josip Vrankic  
8:52   Traveling violation turnover on Filip Petrusev  
8:33 +2 Guglielmo Caruso made layup 39-74
8:26 +3 Corey Kispert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 39-77
7:59   Keshawn Justice missed layup  
7:57   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
7:49   Brandon Clarke missed hook shot  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Josip Vrankic  
7:42   Tahj Eaddy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:40   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
7:29   Brandon Clarke missed jump shot  
7:27   Offensive rebound by Gonzaga  
7:21   Corey Kispert missed jump shot, blocked by Josip Vrankic  
7:19   Defensive rebound by Guglielmo Caruso  
7:07   Tahj Eaddy missed jump shot  
7:05