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Hachimura, Gonzaga use strong 2nd half to beat USD 79-67

SAN DIEGO (AP) For the first 20 minutes Saturday night, Rui Hachimura and the Gonzaga Bulldogs looked pretty average.

Once they got warmed up, there was no doubt they're one of the nation's best teams.

Hachimura scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and had 10 rebounds and No. 3 Gonzaga tightened its defense and pulled away in the second half to beat San Diego 79-67 for its 16th straight victory.

Zach Norvell Jr. added 18 points, Josh Perkins 15 and Brandon Clarke 14 for the Bulldogs (25-2, 12-0 West Coast). The nation's highest scoring team, Gonzaga had only 30 points in the first half, but then scored 31 points in the first 9:59 of the second half to take control.

''We came back with a good energy from the beginning of the second half and we definitely had a good defense,'' Hachimura said.

Gonzaga shot 69 percent (20 of 29) in the second half to finish at 58.2 percent (32 of 55).

Coach Mark Few said the difference for Hachimura was that ''he started playing harder and being more assertive and not settling. He's really, really good when he does that. When he goes back to settling and not playing as hard, he's not very good. That's kind of true for all players.''

Gonzaga took the lead for good during an 8-0 run early in the second half, getting a jumper from Perkins, a reverse layup by Hachimura and two baskets by Clarke for a 45-37 lead that forced Toreros coach Sam Scholl to call a timeout.

The Zags, who have won 10 straight against the Toreros, continued to pour it on behind Hachimura and Brandon Clarke. Their biggest lead was 15 points with 8:29 to play.

''We were getting stops,'' Few said. ''If you're taking the ball out of the net, you can't run. You've got to get stops. When we get stops, this team runs as good as any we've ever had. That's a big key.''

Norvell agreed.

''We knew our defense can get on pace better than offense,'' Norvell said.

''We just had a different mindset starting the second half,'' he added. ''We were more in attack mode. They were more aggressive in the first half so in the second half we wanted to bring the fight to them and I think we did that pretty well.''

Isaiah Pineiro scored 20 points, Olin Carter III 14 and Tyler Williams 12 for San Diego (16-11, 5-7), which lost its third straight game. The Toreros dropped to 22-73 in the series with Gonzaga, including 13-31 in San Diego.

Gonzaga was coming off a 73-60 win at Loyola Marymount in which it trailed midway through the second half before closing with a 20-6 run.

San Diego managed to tie it at 30 at halftime even though Pineiro, their leading scorer, had only two points and committed three fouls. Carter had 12 points in the first half but only two in the second.

''San Diego did a good job of disrupting our rhythm. They're a tough out for us,'' Few said. ''They're one of the hardest teams for us to play in the league. Sam's done a great job. They're extremely difficult for us to guard. We spend more time breaking their stuff down than anybody.''

Scholl was pleased with his team's resilience in the first half, which it couldn't sustain.

''But unfortunately, a team that's going to have every opportunity to win a national championship came out and showed all the reasons why. They got us on our heels and came with a full-fledged attack that our defensive identity wasn't ready for,'' Scholl said.

''The thing that doesn't get talked about enough with Gonzaga is that they play for each other, as good if not better than anybody they play against,'' Scholl added. ''You can see it in everything they do, the way they celebrate for each other's baskets, the way they talk to each other on the floor, the way they come in and out on timeouts, the way they huddle. That for me is the most impressive thing. They've got an unbelievable amount of talent, but man do they play for each other, more than a lot of people.''

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: Twenty-five representatives from 19 NBA teams were credentialed for the game. The Zags are 44-4 against USD under Few.

San Diego: The Toreros have never beaten a top-10 team.

UP NEXT

Gonzaga: Hosts Pepperdine on Thursday night.

San Diego: Hosts Portland on Thursday night.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by San Diego  
19:46 +2 Olin Carter III made layup, assist by Isaiah Pineiro 0-2
19:22   Josh Perkins missed floating jump shot  
19:20   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
19:19 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk 2-2
19:02   Olin Carter III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:00   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
18:49   Out of bounds turnover on Rui Hachimura  
18:21   Isaiah Wright missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:19   Offensive rebound by Tyler Williams  
18:03   Yauhen Massalski missed hook shot  
18:01   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
17:50 +2 Corey Kispert made driving layup 4-2
17:26   Isaiah Wright missed turnaround jump shot  
17:24   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
17:15   Lost ball turnover on Brandon Clarke, stolen by Olin Carter III  
16:57   Out of bounds turnover on Isaiah Pineiro  
16:37 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made driving layup 6-2
16:12 +3 Isaiah Wright made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyler Williams 6-5
15:49 +2 Rui Hachimura made turnaround jump shot 8-5
15:31   Personal foul on Josh Perkins  
15:15   Isaiah Pineiro missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:13   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
15:13   Personal foul on Alex Floresca  
15:06   Personal foul on Isaiah Pineiro  
14:57   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:55   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Pineiro  
14:35   Bad pass turnover on Isaiah Pineiro, stolen by Rui Hachimura  
14:31 +2 Corey Kispert made layup, assist by Brandon Clarke 10-5
14:31   Shooting foul on Tyler Williams  
14:31 +1 Corey Kispert made free throw 11-5
14:13 +2 Isaiah Pineiro made driving layup 11-7
14:07   Bad pass turnover on Geno Crandall, stolen by Tyler Williams  
13:41   Isaiah Pineiro missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:39   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
13:32   Jumpball received by Gonzaga  
13:26 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made floating jump shot 13-7
13:05   Isaiah Pineiro missed reverse layup  
13:03   Offensive rebound by San Diego  
12:58   Olin Carter III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:56   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
12:46   Shooting foul on Isaiah Pineiro  
12:46 +1 Rui Hachimura made 1st of 2 free throws 14-7
12:46 +1 Rui Hachimura made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-7
12:31   Olin Carter III missed layup  
12:29   Offensive rebound by Yauhen Massalski  
12:20 +3 Tyler Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Wright 15-10
12:00   Filip Petrusev missed layup  
11:58   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Pineiro  
11:52   Isaiah Pineiro missed floating jump shot  
11:50   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
11:43   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:41   Offensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
11:36   Lost ball turnover on Rui Hachimura, stolen by Yauhen Massalski  
11:28 +3 Olin Carter III made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Pineiro 15-13
11:05 +3 Corey Kispert made 3-pt. jump shot 18-13
10:23 +2 Alex Floresca made jump shot 18-15
10:08   Brandon Clarke missed jump shot, blocked by Yauhen Massalski  
10:06   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
10:04 +2 Brandon Clarke made tip-in 20-15
9:40 +2 Olin Carter III made jump shot 20-17
9:40 +2 Brandon Clarke made jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 22-17
9:19   Lost ball turnover on Isaiah Wright, stolen by Jeremy Jones  
9:10   Personal foul on Finn Sullivan  
9:02   Filip Petrusev missed hook shot  
9:00   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Wright  
8:37 +2 Yauhen Massalski made hook shot 22-19
8:16   Filip Petrusev missed layup, blocked by Yauhen Massalski  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Yauhen Massalski  
8:07   Personal foul on Brandon Clarke  
8:01   Olin Carter III missed jump shot  
7:59   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
7:55   Shooting foul on Olin Carter III  
7:55   Josh Perkins missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:55   Josh Perkins missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:55   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Pineiro  
7:45   Turnover on Gonzaga  
7:33 +2 Josh Perkins made floating jump shot 24-19
6:57 +2 Alex Floresca made hook shot 24-21
6:50   Lost ball turnover on Zach Norvell Jr., stolen by Tyler Williams  
6:45   Jumpball received by San Diego  
6:36   Isaiah Pineiro missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:34   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
6:26   Personal foul on Isaiah Pineiro  
6:26 +1 Brandon Clarke made 1st of 2 free throws 25-21
6:26 +1 Brandon Clarke made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-21
6:14   Isaiah Wright missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:12   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
6:06 +2 Josh Perkins made driving layup 28-21
5:44   Shooting foul on Brandon Clarke  
5:44 +1 Finn Sullivan made 1st of 2 free throws 28-22
5:44 +1 Finn Sullivan made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-23
5:31   Rui Hachimura missed layup, blocked by Yauhen Massalski  
5:29   Offensive rebound by Gonzaga  
5:20   Jeremy Jones missed driving dunk  
5:18   Defensive rebound by Alex Floresca  
4:54   Personal foul on Josh Perkins  
4:43   Lost ball turnover on Tyler Williams, stolen by Jeremy Jones  
4:36   Corey Kispert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:34   Defensive rebound by Yauhen Massalski  
4:25   Offensive foul on Yauhen Massalski  
4:25   Turnover on Yauhen Massalski  
4:03   Offensive foul on Corey Kispert  
4:03   Turnover on Corey Kispert  
3:47 +2 Olin Carter III made finger-roll layup 28-25
3:21   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:19   Defensive rebound by Alex Floresca  
3:03   Alex Floresca missed layup  
3:01   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
2:52   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:50   Defensive rebound by Alex Floresca  
2:37   Personal foul on Rui Hachimura  
2:33   Lost ball turnover on Yauhen Massalski, stolen by Josh Perkins  
2:24   Geno Crandall missed jump shot  
2:22   Defensive rebound by Yauhen Massalski  
2:08   Personal foul on Geno Crandall  
2:08 +1 Isaiah Wright made 1st of 2 free throws 28-26
2:08 +1 Isaiah Wright made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-27
1:46   Rui Hachimura missed jump shot  
1:44   Defensive rebound by Joey Calcaterra  
1:24   Isaiah Wright missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:22   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
1:07 +2 Rui Hachimura made driving layup, assist by Geno Crandall 30-27
49.0 +3 Olin Carter III made 3-pt. jump shot 30-30
34.0   Offensive foul on Geno Crandall  
34.0   Turnover on Geno Crandall  
5.0   Joey Calcaterra missed jump shot  
3.0   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:50 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup, assist by Brandon Clarke 32-30
19:19   Isaiah Pineiro missed fade-away jump shot  
19:17   Offensive rebound by Yauhen Massalski  
19:11 +2 Isaiah Pineiro made jump shot, assist by Yauhen Massalski 32-32
19:02 +3 Zach Norvell Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 35-32
18:47 +2 Olin Carter III made jump shot 35-34
18:38 +2 Brandon Clarke made jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 37-34
18:20   Isaiah Pineiro missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:18   Offensive rebound by Olin Carter III  
18:10   Olin Carter III missed jump shot  
18:08   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
18:04   Rui Hachimura missed jump shot, blocked by Isaiah Pineiro  
18:02   Defensive rebound by Yauhen Massalski  
17:58 +3 Tyler Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Wright 37-37
17:43 +2 Josh Perkins made floating jump shot 39-37
17:25   Tyler Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:23   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
17:14 +2 Rui Hachimura made reverse layup, assist by Josh Perkins 41-37
16:55   Isaiah Wright missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
16:53   Defensive rebound by Corey Kispert  
16:47   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:45   Offensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
16:42 +2 Brandon Clarke made dunk 43-37
16:14   Tyler Williams missed fade-away jump shot  
16:12   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
16:04 +2 Josh Perkins made fade-away jump shot 45-37
15:36   Personal foul on Rui Hachimura  
15:31   Olin Carter III missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Clarke  
15:29   Offensive rebound by San Diego  
15:25 +2 Isaiah Pineiro made jump shot, assist by Olin Carter III 45-39
15:05 +2 Rui Hachimura made alley-oop shot, assist by Josh Perkins 47-39
14:38 +2 Isaiah Pineiro made driving layup 47-41
14:38   Shooting foul on Brandon Clarke  
14:38 +1 Isaiah Pineiro made free throw 47-42
14:14 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup 49-42
13:47   Isaiah Wright missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:45   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
13:39 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made layup, assist by Josh Perkins 51-42
13:24   Shooting foul on Filip Petrusev  
13:24   Alex Floresca missed 1st of 2 free throws  
13:24 +1 Alex Floresca made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-43
13:07   Rui Hachimura missed layup, blocked by Alex Floresca  
13:05   Defensive rebound by San Diego  
12:46   Personal foul on Geno Crandall  
12:32   Double dribble turnover on Olin Carter III  
12:24   Personal foul on Isaiah Wright  
12:16   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:14   Offensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
12:12   Personal foul on Isaiah Wright  
12:02 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot, assist by Geno Crandall 53-43
11:31 +3 Joey Calcaterra made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Pineiro 53-46
11:15   Personal foul on Isaiah Wright  
11:08 +2 Josh Perkins made fade-away jump shot 55-46
10:55   Personal foul on Zach Norvell Jr.  
10:55   Bad pass turnover on Joey Calcaterra, stolen by Josh Perkins  
10:43 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made layup, assist by Josh Perkins 57-46
10:43   Shooting foul on Joey Calcaterra  
10:43 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made free throw 58-46
10:22 +2 Isaiah Wright made driving layup 58-48
10:22   Shooting foul on Jeremy Jones  
10:22 +1 Isaiah Wright made free throw 58-49
10:05 +3 Josh Perkins made 3-pt. jump shot 61-49
9:47 +3 Tyler Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Wright 61-52
9:33 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made driving layup 63-52
9:23   Isaiah Wright missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:21   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
9:05 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot 65-52
8:44   Olin Carter III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:42   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
8:34 +2 Rui Hachimura made jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 67-52
7:59   Isaiah Pineiro missed driving layup  
7:57   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Jones  
7:39   Personal foul on Yauhen Massalski  
7:29   Personal foul on Alex Floresca  
7:11   Josh Perkins missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot  
7:09   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Wright  
7:02 +3 Tyler Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Wright 67-55
6:36   Bad pass turnover on Rui Hachimura, stolen by Isaiah Pineiro  
6:16 +3 Isaiah Pineiro made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyler Williams 67-58
5:52 +2 Brandon Clarke made fade-away jump shot 69-58
5:30   Alex Floresca missed hook shot  
5:28   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
5:09   Zach Norvell Jr. missed floating jump shot  
5:07   Defensive rebound by Tyler Williams  
4:47   Isaiah Pineiro missed fade-away jump shot  
4:45   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
4:25   Jeremy Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:23   Defensive rebound by Olin Carter III  
4:14   Personal foul on Josh Perkins  
4:14 +1 Isaiah Wright made 1st of 2 free throws 69-59
4:14   Isaiah Wright missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:14   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
3:57 +2 Rui Hachimura made layup, assist by Josh Perkins 71-59
3:45   Isaiah Pineiro missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot  
3:43   Defensive rebound by Zach Norvell Jr.  
3:24   Bad pass turnover on Josh Perkins, stolen by Isaiah Wright  
3:13 +2 Isaiah Pineiro made layup, assist by Yauhen Massalski 71-61
3:13   Shooting foul on Brandon Clarke  
3:13 +1 Isaiah Pineiro made free throw 71-62
2:47 +2 Zach Norvell Jr. made driving layup 73-62
2:30   Isaiah Pineiro missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:28   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
1:59   Zach Norvell Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:57   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Pineiro  
1:56   Personal foul on Jeremy Jones  
1:56 +1 Isaiah Pineiro made 1st of 2 free throws 73-63
1:56   Isaiah Pineiro missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:56   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
1:31   Rui Hachimura missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:29   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Pineiro  
1:15 +2 Isaiah Pineiro made jump shot, assist by Tyler Williams 73-65
1:11   Turnover on San Diego  
1:11   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on San Diego  
1:11 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 74-65
1:11 +1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 75-65
1:06   Personal foul on Jeremy Jones  
1:06 +1 Isaiah Pineiro made 1st of 2 free throws 75-66
1:06 +1 Isaiah Pineiro made 2nd of 2 free throws 75-67
55.0   Personal foul on Tyler Williams  
55.0 +1 Geno Crandall made 1st of 2 free throws 76-67
55.0 +1 Geno Crandall made 2nd of 2 free throws 77-67
50.0   Isaiah Wright missed layup  
48.0   Offensive rebound by Yauhen Massalski  
46.0   Yauhen Massalski missed dunk  
39.0   Offensive rebound by Yauhen Massalski  
39.0   Olin Carter III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
38.0   Defensive rebound by Gonzaga  
35.0   Personal foul on Isaiah Wright  
35.0 +1 Josh Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 78-67
35.0 +1 Josh Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 79-67
24.0   Tyler Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
22.0   Defensive rebound by Brandon Clarke  
0.0   End of period  
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