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No. 4 Gonzaga cruises past Santa Clara 98-39

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) With about 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half, a section of Santa Clara fans started counting down the shot clock's final seconds well ahead of time in an attempt to rattle Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura.

Like most everything the Broncos tried against the No. 4 Bulldogs, it didn't work at all.

Hachimura dribbled into the lane, did a 180-degree spin and flipped the ball over his shoulder with his back to the basket for an impressive layup that quieted the raucous Leavey Center crowd. Hachimura finished with 16 points, Josh Perkins had 18 points and eight assists, and every Gonzaga starter scored in double figures as Gonzaga rolled past Santa Clara 98-39 on Thursday night.

''We talked before the game and we made the statement that we're the No. 1 team in the country,'' Hachimura said. ''From the jump to the end, we were really trying to dominate every position.''

Zach Norvell Jr. added 16 points and eight rebounds, Corey Kispert had 13 and Brandon Clarke scored 12 points to help Gonzaga (19-2, 6-0 West Coast Conference) to its 19th straight win over Santa Clara.

Bulldogs coach Mark Few's team also extended its conference road winning streak to 27 games, the longest active mark in the nation.

''I was really happy that they brought their attention to detail, brought their effort, brought their physicality and showed our athleticism,'' Few said. ''It was all good.''

Few was particularly impressed with Hachimura's layup while the crowd was roaring.

''I don't know where he got that,'' Few said.

Gonzaga held leads of 14-0, 20-2 and 48-10 while dominating Santa Clara on both ends of the floor in the first half, and was up 61 late in the second half well after Few pulled his starters.

Even then, the Bulldogs kept rolling.

Filip Petrusev scored 12 points off the bench, including a pair of free throws and a dunk that put Gonzaga up 96-37.

''We've been talking about putting two halves together and I think we did that today,'' Perkins said. ''Guys were locked in today and guys were paying attention to detail and doing the little things that don't necessarily make the stat sheet.''

It was very similar to the first game between the teams three weeks ago when the Bulldogs won 91-48 in the conference opener.

Josip Vrankic had 12 points and six rebounds and Trey Wertz scored 11 for Santa Clara. The Broncos (11-10, 3-4) have lost four of six since their six-game winning streak in December.

''We're a very different team than we were when the season started,'' Santa Clara coach Herb Sendek said. ''The guys who have been able to play have steadily gotten better. Most certainly tonight wasn't a reflection of that.''

Perkins and Hachimura had 14 points apiece to get the Zags rolling early. Kispert added a pair of 3s and an emphatic two-handed dunk to help put the Bulldogs 53-17 at halftime.

The game drew a Leavey Center-record crowd of 5,094 that included Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, who sat courtside.

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have won 10 straight since back-to-back losses to then-No. 7 Tennessee and then-No. 12 North Carolina, a good sign as they near the midway point of the conference schedule. Even more impressive was Gonzaga's two turnovers, the fewest in school history and two fewer than its previous season-low of four. The Zags also held a huge advantage in rebounds and closed out strong with their starters on the bench. ... Perkins moved into 20th place on the school's career scoring list.

Santa Clara: The injury-plagued Broncos have played better than expected this season, but they didn't have much go right in a second consecutive lopsided loss to Gonzaga. Santa Clara shot just 13 of 48 (27.1 percent) overall and was outscored 19-2 in second-chance points.

DOING IT ALL

Clarke played a key role in Gonzaga's 11-3 run coming out of halftime. The big forward, who sat out last season after transferring from San Jose State, scored on a soaring two-handed dunk down the lane, then followed it up with an equally crisp block of Wertz to set up a layup for Perkins. Clarke finished with two blocks and has 66 this season, four shy of the Bulldogs' single-season record of 70 set by Austin Daye in 2008-09. ''No ego, no maintenance,'' Few said. ''He's just been a joy to be around and coach. Even his redshirt year, he was a great learner, very willing.''

NO RESPECT

Four sections of Santa Clara students behind one of the baskets began chanting ''Overrated!'' in unison. The Broncos trailed 64-25 at the time.

UP NEXT

Gonzaga: After a brief break, the Bulldogs play at BYU next Thursday.

Santa Clara: Hosts Loyola Marymount on Saturday in the second of three straight home games at the Leavey Center.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Gonzaga  
19:32   Brandon Clarke missed alley-oop shot  
19:30   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
19:25 +2 Brandon Clarke made layup 2-0
19:08   Josip Vrankic missed layup  
19:06   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
18:54   Brandon Clarke missed layup, blocked by Josh Martin  
18:52   Defensive rebound by Josip Vrankic  
18:28   Josip Vrankic missed jump shot  
18:26   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
18:19   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:17   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
18:08 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 4-0
17:37   Tahj Eaddy missed jump shot, blocked by Rui Hachimura  
17:35   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
17:24 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 6-0
16:52   Trey Wertz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:50   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
16:31 +3 Corey Kispert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 9-0
15:54   Tahj Eaddy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:52   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
15:43 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk, assist by Rui Hachimura 11-0
15:21   Tahj Eaddy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:19   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
15:09   Brandon Clarke missed layup  
15:07   Defensive rebound by Josip Vrankic  
15:00   Offensive foul on Tahj Eaddy  
15:00   Turnover on Tahj Eaddy  
14:44 +3 Josh Perkins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rui Hachimura 14-0
14:11   Personal foul on Rui Hachimura  
14:07 +2 Tahj Eaddy made floating jump shot 14-2
13:51 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 16-2
13:22   Trey Wertz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:20   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
13:14   Shooting foul on Trey Wertz  
13:14 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 17-2
13:14   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:14   Defensive rebound by Josip Vrankic  
12:43   Henrik Jadersten missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:41   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
12:25 +3 Corey Kispert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Geno Crandall 20-2
12:03 +2 Josip Vrankic made layup, assist by Keshawn Justice 20-4
11:44   Brandon Clarke missed layup, blocked by Henrik Jadersten  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Henrik Jadersten  
11:21 +2 Josip Vrankic made layup, assist by Trey Wertz 20-6
11:08   Killian Tillie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:06   Defensive rebound by Henrik Jadersten  
10:54   Keshawn Justice missed jump shot  
10:52   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
10:35   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:33   Offensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
10:25 +2 Josh Perkins made jump shot 22-6
9:56   Trey Wertz missed jump shot  
9:54   Defensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
9:42 +2 Josh Perkins made layup 24-6
9:26   Tahj Eaddy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:24   Defensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
9:16   Shooting foul on Henrik Jadersten  
9:17 +1 Josh Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 25-6
9:17 +1 Josh Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-6
9:04   Offensive foul on Josip Vrankic  
9:04   Turnover on Josip Vrankic  
8:41 +2 Josh Perkins made jump shot 28-6
8:25   Kicked ball violation on Gonzaga  
8:16   Trey Wertz missed layup  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
8:07   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:05   Offensive rebound by Geno Crandall  
7:52   Geno Crandall missed layup  
7:50   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
7:43 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk 30-6
7:21 +3 Trey Wertz made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Keshawn Justice 30-9
6:57   Zach Norvell Jr. missed jump shot  
6:55   Offensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
6:47 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeremy Jones 33-9
6:20   Keshawn Justice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:18   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
6:11 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rui Hachimura 36-9
5:51   Ezekiel Richards missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
5:49   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
5:38 +2 Rui Hachimura made alley-oop shot, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 38-9
5:18   Shooting foul on Killian Tillie  
5:16 +1 Ezekiel Richards made 1st of 2 free throws 38-10
5:16   Ezekiel Richards missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
4:48   Rui Hachimura missed alley-oop shot  
4:46   Offensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
4:41 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup 40-10
4:33   Lost ball turnover on Trey Wertz, stolen by Killian Tillie  
4:20 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup 42-10
3:55   Josh Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
3:33 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made floating jump shot 44-10
3:22   Out of bounds turnover on Trey Wertz  
3:12   Shooting foul on Trey Wertz  
3:12 +1 Rui Hachimura made 1st of 2 free throws 45-10
3:12 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-10
2:51   Josip Vrankic missed layup  
2:49   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
2:39   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:37   Defensive rebound by Santa Clara  
2:26   Offensive foul on Guglielmo Caruso  
2:26   Turnover on Guglielmo Caruso  
2:26   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:24   Defensive rebound by Tahj Eaddy  
2:19   Offensive foul on Trey Wertz  
2:19   Turnover on Trey Wertz  
1:51 +2 Corey Kispert made dunk, assist by Geno Crandall 48-10
1:39 +2 Tahj Eaddy made layup 48-12
1:30 +2 Brandon Clarke made layup, assist by Geno Crandall 50-12
1:23 +3 Tahj Eaddy made 3-pt. jump shot 50-15
1:14   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:12   Offensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
1:02   Brandon Clarke missed layup  
1:00   Defensive rebound by Josip Vrankic  
54.0   Tahj Eaddy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
52.0   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
48.0 +3 Josh Perkins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Geno Crandall 53-15
29.0 +2 Josip Vrankic made layup 53-17
1.0   Josh Perkins missed layup  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:45   Josip Vrankic missed layup  
19:43   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
19:31   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:29   Defensive rebound by Josip Vrankic  
19:24   Bad pass turnover on Trey Wertz  
19:10   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:08   Defensive rebound by Josh Martin  
18:53   Shooting foul on Rui Hachimura  
18:53   Josip Vrankic missed 1st of 2 free throws  
18:53 +1 Josip Vrankic made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-18
18:39 +3 Corey Kispert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 56-18
18:24   Lost ball turnover on Trey Wertz, stolen by Rui Hachimura  
18:19   Shooting foul on Josh Martin  
18:19 +1 Rui Hachimura made 1st of 2 free throws 57-18
18:19 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-18
18:02   Josh Martin missed driving layup  
18:00   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
17:55 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk, assist by Josh Perkins 60-18
17:36   Trey Wertz missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
17:34   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
17:28   Corey Kispert missed layup  
17:26   Defensive rebound by Josh Martin  
17:16   Bad pass turnover on Tahj Eaddy, stolen by Rui Hachimura  
17:09 +2 Josh Perkins made layup, assist by Rui Hachimura 62-18
16:51 +2 Josip Vrankic made layup, assist by Guglielmo Caruso 62-20
16:37 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 64-20
16:25 +2 Trey Wertz made driving layup 64-22
16:13   Lost ball turnover on Brandon Clarke, stolen by Guglielmo Caruso  
15:45 +3 Keshawn Justice made 3-pt. jump shot 64-25
15:27   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:25   Defensive rebound by Henrik Jadersten  
14:59   Jumpball received by Gonzaga  
14:59   Lost ball turnover on Josip Vrankic, stolen by Brandon Clarke  
14:46   Zach Norvell Jr. missed floating jump shot  
14:44   Defensive rebound by Keshawn Justice  
14:33   Personal foul on Killian Tillie  
14:25   Lost ball turnover on Henrik Jadersten, stolen by Josh Perkins  
14:22   Josh Perkins missed layup, blocked by Henrik Jadersten  
14:20   Offensive rebound by Gonzaga  
14:15   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:13   Offensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
14:07 +2 Josh Perkins made finger-roll layup 66-25
14:03   Bad pass turnover on Josip Vrankic, stolen by Zach Norvell Jr.  
13:57 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made layup 68-25
13:47   Shooting foul on Killian Tillie  
13:47 +1 Josip Vrankic made 1st of 2 free throws 68-26
13:47   Josip Vrankic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:47   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
13:31 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 71-26
13:17   Lost ball turnover on Josh Martin, stolen by Geno Crandall  
13:11   Killian Tillie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:09   Defensive rebound by Ezekiel Richards  
12:56 +2 Keshawn Justice made driving layup 71-28
12:42 +2 Filip Petrusev made reverse layup, assist by Josh Perkins 73-28
12:27   Keshawn Justice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:25   Defensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
12:12 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made layup, assist by Josh Perkins 75-28
12:00   Shooting foul on Filip Petrusev  
12:00 +1 Trey Wertz made 1st of 2 free throws 75-29
12:00 +1 Trey Wertz made 2nd of 2 free throws 75-30
11:55   Personal foul on Josh Martin  
11:54   Personal foul on Josh Martin  
11:34   Jeremy Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:32   Defensive rebound by Tahj Eaddy  
11:11   Lost ball turnover on Josh Martin, stolen by Jeremy Jones  
11:07   Shooting foul on Keshawn Justice  
11:07 +1 Geno Crandall made 1st of 2 free throws 76-30
11:07 +1 Geno Crandall made 2nd of 2 free throws 77-30
10:44   Josip Vrankic missed reverse layup  
10:42   Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
10:33   Shooting foul on Ezekiel Richards  
10:33 +1 Killian Tillie made 1st of 2 free throws 78-30
10:33   Killian Tillie missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:33   Defensive rebound by Trey Wertz  
10:33   Personal foul on Killian Tillie  
10:19   Tahj Eaddy missed jump shot  
10:17   Defensive rebound by Filip Petrusev  
10:09 +3 Geno Crandall made 3-pt. jump shot 81-30
9:41   Keshawn Justice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:39   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
9:38   Out of bounds turnover on Jeremy Jones  
9:23   Lost ball turnover on Guglielmo Caruso  
9:02 +2 Corey Kispert made layup 83-30
9:02   Shooting foul on Guglielmo Caruso  
9:02   Corey Kispert missed free throw  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Guglielmo Caruso  
8:46   Personal foul on Filip Petrusev  
8:33 +2 Guglielmo Caruso made hook shot, assist by Keshawn Justice 83-32
8:33   Personal foul on Filip Petrusev  
8:33 +1 Guglielmo Caruso made free throw 83-33
8:17   Shooting foul on Ezekiel Richards  
8:17 +1 Filip Petrusev made 1st of 2 free throws 84-33
8:17 +1 Filip Petrusev made 2nd of 2 free throws 85-33
8:05   Bad pass turnover on Trey Wertz  
7:55 +3 Geno Crandall made 3-pt. jump shot 88-33
7:32   Josip Vrankic missed layup  
7:30   Offensive rebound by Ezekiel Richards  
7:31   Ezekiel Richards missed tip-in  
7:28   Offensive rebound by Santa Clara  
7:21   Tahj Eaddy missed jump shot  
7:19   Offensive rebound by Ezekiel Richards  
7:15   Ezekiel Richards missed tip-in  
7:13   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
7:01   Shooting foul on Tahj Eaddy  
7:01 +1 Filip Petrusev made 1st of 2 free throws 89-33
7:01 +1 Filip Petrusev made 2nd of 2 free throws 90-33
6:39   Shooting foul on Joel Ayayi  
6:39   Josip Vrankic missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:39   Josip Vrankic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
6:22   Geno Crandall missed layup  
6:20   Defensive rebound by Josip Vrankic  
6:02   Shooting foul on Filip Petrusev  
6:02 +1 Josip Vrankic made 1st of 2 free throws 90-34
6:02 +1 Josip Vrankic made 2nd of 2 free throws 90-35
5:45   Killian Tillie missed layup  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Guglielmo Caruso  
5:34   Guglielmo Caruso missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:32   Defensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
5:23   Personal foul on Ezekiel Richards  
5:23 +1 Filip Petrusev made 1st of 2 free throws 91-35
5:23 +1 Filip Petrusev made 2nd of 2 free throws 92-35
5:01 +2 Trey Wertz made layup 92-37
4:42   Filip Petrusev missed jump shot  
4:40   Offensive rebound by Gonzaga  
4:37   Joel Ayayi missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:35   Defensive rebound by Ezekiel Richards  
4:16   Guglielmo Caruso missed hook shot  
4:14   Defensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
3:54   Joel Ayayi missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:52   Defensive rebound by Trey Wertz  
3:29   Keshawn Justice missed jump shot  
3:27   Defensive rebound by Joel Ayayi  
3:21   Geno Crandall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:19   Offensive rebound by Joel Ayayi  
3:17 +2 Joel Ayayi made dunk 94-37
2:45   Keshawn Justice missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:43   Defensive rebound by Joel Ayayi  
2:34 +2 Filip Petrusev made dunk, assist by Geno Crandall 96-37
2:11   Trey Wertz missed 3-pt. jump shot