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Clarke leads No. 4 Gonzaga over San Francisco 92-62

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Fourth-ranked Gonzaga was clinging to a three-point lead over San Francisco late in the first half Thursday when someone flipped the switch on guard Zach Norvell Jr.

Norvell scored 13 consecutive points for the Bulldogs and launched them toward a 92-62 win over San Francisco.

''We got stagnant on offense,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said of the first half lull. ''We made some real, real silly turnovers in the first half. We needed those shots to get us going,''

Norvell's streak seemed to ignite the Zags, who outscored San Francisco 49-32 in the second half to post their 13th consecutive victory.

''Things were going back and forth early on,'' Norvell said. ''In the second half we were able to open things up. And we got stops in the end.''

Brandon Clarke had 20 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks for Gonzaga.

''He was phenomenal,'' Few said. ''He's athletic. He's quick. He's strong, skilled.''

''I played really hard tonight,'' Clarke said. ''My teammates found me on my cuts.''

Rui Hachimura added 17 points and Norvell finished with 16 for Gonzaga (22-2, 9-0 West Coast), which was No. 1 in the Top 25 until losses to No. 1 Tennessee and No. 8 North Carolina in mid-December knocked them down. Geno Crandall scored 12.

Frankie Ferrari and Charles Minlend each scored 14 points for San Francisco (17-6, 5-4), which has lost 16 consecutive games to Gonzaga.

''We competed well for the first 16 minutes,'' San Francisco coach Kyle Smith said. ''We got into some foul trouble and that makes competing against a team like Gonzaga really difficult.''

''We couldn't get any stops in the second half,'' Smith said. ''They really pounded the ball inside and exposed us a little bit.''

The Zags have won 19 consecutive home games.

San Francisco was hampered by 38.8 percent shooting and 12 turnovers and lost its third consecutive game.

Gonzaga used an 11-2 run to build a 16-11 lead midway through the first.

Crandall's 3-pointer put Gonzaga up 28-19, but the Dons scored the next six points.

Norvell scored Gonzaga's next 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to lift Gonzaga to a 41-30 lead.

Gonzaga led 43-30 at halftime.

The teams traded baskets to open the second half, before Gonzaga went on a 21-7 run to blow the game open with a 72-48 lead.

''Our offense is really, really hard to guard,'' Clarke said. ''And they struggled to score on us.''

BRANDON'S BLOCKS

Clarke's five blocks gave him 74 for the year, breaking Austin Daye's season record of 70 at Gonzaga. Clarke said he was proud to be part of Gonzaga's long legacy of big men. ''Blocking shots is a big part of my game,'' he said.

FREE THROWS

Gonzaga sank 22 of 27 free throws, while San Francisco made only five of 12.

THE GLASS

Gonzaga won the rebound battle 46-34. ''In the second half we did a good job keeping them off the glass,'' Few said

BIG PICTURE

San Francisco: The surprising Dons came in tied for third in the league. ... San Francisco gave Gonzaga its toughest conference match this season when the Dons lost 96-83 at home. ... The Dons are off to their best start since the 1981-82 season, but have lost three straight. ''We played three good halves against three really good teams, but couldn't put together any complete games,'' Smith said.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs lead the nation with an average of 91.2 points per game, and are also first in field goal shooting at 52.7 percent. ... Gonzaga is coasting toward a seventh consecutive WCC regular season title, outscoring conference foes by more than 29 points per game. ... Gonzaga has won 23 straight games against conference opponents, tops in the nation.

UP NEXT

San Francisco hosts Santa Clara on Saturday.

Gonzaga hosts rival Saint Mary's on Saturday.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Gonzaga  
19:46   Rui Hachimura missed layup  
19:44   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
19:43 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk 0-2
19:43   Shooting foul on Jordan Ratinho  
19:43 +1 Brandon Clarke made free throw 0-3
19:21 +2 Charles Minlend made driving layup 2-3
19:04   Bad pass turnover on Josh Perkins, stolen by Frankie Ferrari  
18:56 +2 Nate Renfro made layup, assist by Frankie Ferrari 4-3
18:39   Rui Hachimura missed hook shot  
18:37   Defensive rebound by Nate Renfro  
18:28   Personal foul on Corey Kispert  
18:23   Charles Minlend missed fade-away jump shot  
18:21   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
18:14   Lost ball turnover on Josh Perkins, stolen by Jimbo Lull  
18:08 +2 Frankie Ferrari made driving layup 6-3
17:51 +2 Josh Perkins made driving layup 6-5
17:32 +3 Charles Minlend made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Ratinho 9-5
17:16 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made driving layup, assist by Josh Perkins 9-7
16:45   Nate Renfro missed layup  
16:43   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
16:36   Rui Hachimura missed jump shot  
16:34   Offensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
16:32   Shooting foul on Charles Minlend  
16:32 +1 Corey Kispert made 1st of 2 free throws 9-8
16:32 +1 Corey Kispert made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-9
16:16   Matt McCarthy missed jump shot  
16:14   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
16:11   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:09   Defensive rebound by Matt McCarthy  
15:52   Jordan Ratinho missed layup, blocked by Corey Kispert  
15:50   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
15:39   Shooting foul on Charles Minlend  
15:39 +1 Josh Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 9-10
15:39   Josh Perkins missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
15:39   Defensive rebound by Nate Renfro  
15:22   Personal foul on Corey Kispert  
15:07   Nate Renfro missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
15:05   Offensive rebound by Nate Renfro  
15:07 +2 Nate Renfro made layup 11-10
15:06   Shooting foul on Killian Tillie  
15:06   Nate Renfro missed free throw  
15:05   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
15:05   Zach Norvell Jr. missed layup  
15:03   Defensive rebound by Nate Renfro  
14:58   Jordan Ratinho missed layup, blocked by Killian Tillie  
14:56   Offensive rebound by San Francisco  
14:30   Remu Raitanen missed layup  
14:28   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
14:17 +2 Brandon Clarke made layup 11-12
14:17   Shooting foul on Matt McCarthy  
14:05   Brandon Clarke missed free throw  
14:05   Defensive rebound by Matt McCarthy  
14:05   Frankie Ferrari missed jump shot  
14:03   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
13:50   Killian Tillie missed hook shot  
13:48   Defensive rebound by Frankie Ferrari  
13:44   Bad pass turnover on Frankie Ferrari  
13:29 +2 Brandon Clarke made hook shot, assist by Killian Tillie 11-14
13:11   Matt McCarthy missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
13:09   Defensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
12:52 +2 Rui Hachimura made hook shot 11-16
12:52   Nate Renfro missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:50   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
12:22   Jumpball received by San Francisco  
12:22   Lost ball turnover on Josh Perkins, stolen by Remu Raitanen  
12:10 +2 Frankie Ferrari made driving layup 13-16
11:58   Lost ball turnover on Geno Crandall, stolen by Frankie Ferrari  
11:30   Jamaree Bouyea missed turnaround jump shot  
11:28   Offensive rebound by San Francisco  
11:25   Shot clock violation turnover on San Francisco  
11:03 +3 Geno Crandall made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 13-19
10:43   Shooting foul on Zach Norvell Jr.  
10:43   Jordan Ratinho missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:43   Jordan Ratinho missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:43   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
10:26   Rui Hachimura missed layup, blocked by Taavi Jurkatamm  
10:24   Defensive rebound by Jimbo Lull  
10:15 +2 Frankie Ferrari made jump shot 15-19
9:54   Geno Crandall missed driving layup  
9:52   Defensive rebound by Jimbo Lull  
9:35   Kicked ball violation on Gonzaga  
9:14   Shot clock violation turnover on San Francisco  
8:58   Lost ball turnover on Brandon Clarke, stolen by Taavi Jurkatamm  
8:49   Jamaree Bouyea missed layup, blocked by Zach Norvell Jr.  
8:47   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
8:49   Traveling violation turnover on Jeremy Jones  
8:28 +2 Jimbo Lull made layup 17-19
8:23   Personal foul on Taavi Jurkatamm  
8:12 +2 Brandon Clarke made turnaround jump shot 17-21
7:52   Lost ball turnover on Jimbo Lull, stolen by Geno Crandall  
7:47   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:45   Defensive rebound by Jimbo Lull  
7:22 +2 Jimbo Lull made hook shot 19-21
7:10   Rui Hachimura missed jump shot  
7:08   Defensive rebound by Jordan Ratinho  
6:59   Jimbo Lull missed jump shot  
6:57   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
6:45 +2 Josh Perkins made reverse layup 19-23
6:27   Jordan Ratinho missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:25   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
6:18   Shooting foul on Jamaree Bouyea  
6:18 +1 Rui Hachimura made 1st of 2 free throws 19-24
6:18 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-25
6:07   Bad pass turnover on Frankie Ferrari, stolen by Corey Kispert  
5:52 +3 Geno Crandall made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 19-28
5:30 +2 Nate Renfro made driving layup, assist by Charles Minlend 21-28
5:21   Geno Crandall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:19   Defensive rebound by Frankie Ferrari  
5:07 +2 Charles Minlend made driving layup 23-28
4:47   Rui Hachimura missed layup  
4:45   Defensive rebound by Matt McCarthy  
4:36   Charles Minlend missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:34   Offensive rebound by Nate Renfro  
4:33 +2 Nate Renfro made dunk 25-28
4:23 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot 25-31
4:03   Charles Minlend missed driving layup  
4:01   Defensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
3:52   Brandon Clarke missed driving layup  
3:50   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
3:49   Brandon Clarke missed dunk  
3:47   Defensive rebound by San Francisco  
3:25   Matt McCarthy missed layup, blocked by Corey Kispert  
3:23   Offensive rebound by Matt McCarthy  
3:18 +2 Matt McCarthy made tip-in 27-31
3:09   Josh Perkins missed floating jump shot  
3:07   Defensive rebound by San Francisco  
3:06   Personal foul on Killian Tillie  
2:48   Traveling violation turnover on Matt McCarthy  
2:27 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 27-34
2:09   Lost ball turnover on Matt McCarthy, stolen by Brandon Clarke  
2:05 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made layup, assist by Brandon Clarke 27-36
1:37 +3 Charles Minlend made 3-pt. jump shot 30-36
1:22 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 30-39
1:07   Lost ball turnover on Charles Minlend, stolen by Zach Norvell Jr.  
1:07   Personal foul on Charles Minlend  
1:07 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 30-40
1:07 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-41
57.0   Personal foul on Geno Crandall  
47.0   Frankie Ferrari missed jump shot  
45.0   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
39.0   Traveling violation turnover on Geno Crandall  
11.0   Frankie Ferrari missed jump shot  
9.0   Offensive rebound by Jordan Ratinho  
2.0   Frankie Ferrari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0.0   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
2.0   Personal foul on Jordan Ratinho  
3.0 +1 Brandon Clarke made 1st of 2 free throws 30-42
3.0 +1 Brandon Clarke made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-43
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:44   Personal foul on Nate Renfro  
19:44   Rui Hachimura missed 1st of 2 free throws  
19:44 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-44
19:28   Nate Renfro missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
19:26   Offensive rebound by Frankie Ferrari  
19:18   Jimbo Lull missed layup  
19:16   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
19:09   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:07   Defensive rebound by Jamaree Bouyea  
18:52   Jordan Ratinho missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:50   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
18:50   Personal foul on Jimbo Lull  
18:38 +2 Rui Hachimura made dunk, assist by Brandon Clarke 30-46
18:25   Lost ball turnover on Nate Renfro, stolen by Brandon Clarke  
18:20   Personal foul on Frankie Ferrari  
18:09 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk, assist by Zach Norvell Jr. 30-48
17:50 +2 Charles Minlend made jump shot 32-48
17:37   Brandon Clarke missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:35   Defensive rebound by Frankie Ferrari  
17:14 +2 Jimbo Lull made dunk, assist by Taavi Jurkatamm 34-48
16:52   Rui Hachimura missed jump shot  
16:50   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
16:52   Shooting foul on Jimbo Lull  
16:52   Brandon Clarke missed 1st of 2 free throws  
16:52 +1 Brandon Clarke made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-49
16:44 +2 Charles Minlend made layup, assist by Frankie Ferrari 36-49
16:33 +2 Josh Perkins made driving layup 36-51
16:21   Shooting foul on Josh Perkins  
16:21 +1 Frankie Ferrari made 1st of 2 free throws 37-51
16:21 +1 Frankie Ferrari made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-51
16:08   Bad pass turnover on Brandon Clarke, stolen by Frankie Ferrari  
16:03 +3 Frankie Ferrari made 3-pt. jump shot 41-51
15:43 +2 Rui Hachimura made alley-oop shot, assist by Josh Perkins 41-53
15:26   Charles Minlend missed jump shot  
15:24   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
15:18   Zach Norvell Jr. missed layup  
15:16   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
15:13 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk 41-55
15:02   Lost ball turnover on Matt McCarthy, stolen by Zach Norvell Jr.  
14:59   Shooting foul on Frankie Ferrari  
14:59   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Frankie Ferrari  
14:59   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Zach Norvell Jr.  
14:59 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 41-56
14:59   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
14:59   Defensive rebound by Matt McCarthy  
14:46   Personal foul on Josh Perkins  
14:46   Charles Minlend missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
14:54   Offensive rebound by Matt McCarthy  
14:45   Matt McCarthy missed layup  
14:43   Defensive rebound by Geno Crandall  
14:31   Shooting foul on Taavi Jurkatamm  
14:43 +1 Geno Crandall made 1st of 2 free throws 41-57
14:31 +1 Geno Crandall made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-58
14:22 +3 Frankie Ferrari made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt McCarthy 44-58
14:06 +2 Killian Tillie made layup, assist by Josh Perkins 44-60
13:46   Jordan Ratinho missed layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
13:44   Offensive rebound by Taavi Jurkatamm  
13:43   Nate Renfro missed layup  
13:41   Defensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
13:27   Lost ball turnover on Killian Tillie, stolen by Frankie Ferrari  
13:19 +2 Nate Renfro made dunk, assist by Frankie Ferrari 46-60
13:09 +2 Killian Tillie made hook shot, assist by Josh Perkins 46-62
12:39   Nate Renfro missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:37   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
12:29 +2 Josh Perkins made layup 46-64
12:11   Nate Renfro missed layup  
12:09   Offensive rebound by Jimbo Lull  
12:05 +2 Jimbo Lull made dunk 48-64
11:54   Brandon Clarke missed jump shot  
11:52   Defensive rebound by Charles Minlend  
11:46   Jordan Ratinho missed layup  
11:44   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
11:36 +2 Geno Crandall made jump shot 48-66
11:21   Personal foul on Geno Crandall  
10:59   Frankie Ferrari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:57   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
10:39   Personal foul on Frankie Ferrari  
10:39 +1 Rui Hachimura made 1st of 2 free throws 48-67
10:39 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-68
10:24   Shooting foul on Brandon Clarke  
10:25   Nate Renfro missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:25   Nate Renfro missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:25   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
10:09   Personal foul on Dzmitry Ryuny  
10:07 +1 Jeremy Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 48-69
10:09 +1 Jeremy Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-70
9:43   Jamaree Bouyea missed reverse layup  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
9:37   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:35   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
9:31 +2 Brandon Clarke made tip-in 48-72
9:13   Personal foul on Zach Norvell Jr.  
9:08   Charles Minlend missed jump shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
8:43   Rui Hachimura missed layup  
8:41   Offensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
8:29   Corey Kispert missed layup, blocked by Charles Minlend  
8:27   Offensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
8:22   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:20   Defensive rebound by Dzmitry Ryuny  
8:13   Charles Minlend missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:11   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
7:50