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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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Key Players
F. Ferrari
2 G
J. Perkins
13 G
31.0 Min. Per Game 31.0
10.9 Pts. Per Game 10.9
6.7 Ast. Per Game 6.7
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
43.8 Field Goal % 46.0
39.5 Three Point % 37.5
87.9 Free Throw % 85.4
  Defensive rebound by Greg Foster Jr. 0.0
  Remu Raitanen missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
  Defensive rebound by Trevante Anderson 17.0
  Filip Petrusev missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
+ 3 Trevante Anderson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimbo Lull 44.0
+ 1 Filip Petrusev made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:04
+ 1 Filip Petrusev made 1st of 2 free throws 1:04
  Shooting foul on Jimbo Lull 1:04
  Bad pass turnover on Jamaree Bouyea, stolen by Filip Petrusev 1:08
+ 3 Filip Petrusev made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joel Ayayi 1:25
  Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert 1:50
Team Stats
Points 62 92
Field Goals 26-67 (38.8%) 32-64 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 5-16 (31.3%) 6-15 (40.0%)
Free Throws 5-12 (41.7%) 22-27 (81.5%)
Total Rebounds 34 46
Offensive 9 12
Defensive 21 32
Team 4 2
Assists 9 16
Steals 8 8
Blocks 2 10
Turnovers 10 10
Fouls 19 14
Technicals 1 1
14 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
20 PTS, 16 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo San Francisco 17-6 303262
home team logo 4 Gonzaga 22-2 434992
Team Stats
away team logo San Francisco 17-6 76.1 PPG 39 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo 4 Gonzaga 22-2 87.6 PPG 41.8 RPG 18.1 APG
Key Players
14
C. Minlend G 14.5 PPG 4.7 RPG 1.7 APG 41.6 FG%
15
B. Clarke F 16.9 PPG 8.6 RPG 1.9 APG 68.7 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Minlend G 14 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
B. Clarke F 20 PTS 16 REB 2 AST
38.8 FG% 50.0
31.3 3PT FG% 40.0
41.7 FT% 81.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Ferrari 14 4 3 5/10 2/4 2/2 4 32 4 0 2 1 3
C. Minlend 14 2 1 6/14 2/4 0/0 3 20 0 1 1 1 1
N. Renfro 10 5 1 5/13 0/3 0/3 1 23 1 0 1 2 3
J. Lull 8 4 1 4/7 0/0 0/0 3 21 1 0 1 1 3
J. Ratinho 0 3 1 0/6 0/2 0/2 2 23 0 0 0 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Ferrari 14 4 3 5/10 2/4 2/2 4 32 4 0 2 1 3
C. Minlend 14 2 1 6/14 2/4 0/0 3 20 0 1 1 1 1
N. Renfro 10 5 1 5/13 0/3 0/3 1 23 1 0 1 2 3
J. Lull 8 4 1 4/7 0/0 0/0 3 21 1 0 1 1 3
J. Ratinho 0 3 1 0/6 0/2 0/2 2 23 0 0 0 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Anderson 7 1 0 3/4 1/2 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 0 1
M. McCarthy 5 6 1 2/7 0/0 1/2 2 17 0 0 3 2 4
J. Bouyea 4 1 0 1/4 0/0 2/3 1 24 0 0 1 0 1
R. Raitanen 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 11 1 0 0 0 0
T. Jurkatamm 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 15 1 1 0 1 1
D. Ryuny 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 2
M. Orlich - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Krill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Belquist - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Shabazz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 30 9 26/67 5/16 5/12 19 200 8 2 10 9 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Clarke 20 16 2 8/13 0/1 4/6 2 31 2 5 2 6 10
R. Hachimura 17 5 0 6/15 0/0 5/6 0 30 1 1 0 0 5
Z. Norvell Jr. 16 0 2 5/9 3/5 3/4 3 30 2 1 0 0 0
J. Perkins 9 5 7 4/6 0/1 1/2 2 28 0 0 3 0 5
C. Kispert 5 7 2 1/6 0/3 3/3 2 23 0 2 0 5 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Clarke 20 16 2 8/13 0/1 4/6 2 31 2 5 2 6 10
R. Hachimura 17 5 0 6/15 0/0 5/6 0 30 1 1 0 0 5
Z. Norvell Jr. 16 0 2 5/9 3/5 3/4 3 30 2 1 0 0 0
J. Perkins 9 5 7 4/6 0/1 1/2 2 28 0 0 3 0 5
C. Kispert 5 7 2 1/6 0/3 3/3 2 23 0 2 0 5 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Crandall 12 2 1 4/6 2/3 2/2 2 20 1 0 3 0 2
F. Petrusev 5 2 0 1/3 1/2 2/2 1 6 1 0 0 0 2
J. Jones 4 3 0 1/3 0/0 2/2 0 13 1 0 1 1 2
K. Tillie 4 3 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 11 0 1 1 0 3
J. Beach 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Ayayi 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
G. Foster Jr. 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
A. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Pennington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 44 16 32/64 6/15 22/27 14 200 8 10 10 12 32