Clarke leads No. 4 Gonzaga over San Francisco 92-62
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Brandon Clarke had 20 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks as No. 4 Gonzaga beat San Francisco 92-62 on Thursday night for its 13th consecutive victory.
Rui Hachimura added 17 points and Zach Norvell Jr. 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.
The Zags have won 19 consecutive home games.
San Francisco was hampered by 38.8 percent shooting and 12 turnovers.
Gonzaga used an 11-2 run to build a 16-11 lead midway through the first.
Geno Crandall’s 3-pointer put Gonzaga up 28-19.
Norvell scored Gonzaga’s next 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to lift Gonzaga to a 41-30 lead.
Norvell had 15 points and Clarke 11 as Gonzaga led 43-30 at halftime, after holding the Dons to 41 percent shooting.
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.
Clarke’s five blocks gave him 74 for the year, breaking Austin Daye’s season record of 70 at Gonzaga.
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.
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.
San Francisco hosts Santa Clara on Saturday.
Gonzaga hosts arch-rival Saint Mary’s on Saturday.