Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara (Jan. 7)

January 7, 2012 8:38 p.m.  •  1 comment

Sam Dower scored 17 points and No. 25 Gonzaga pulled away in the second half for an 80-58 win over Santa Clara on Saturday night for the Bulldogs’ eighth straight win.

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Gonzaga’s Rob Sacre pops up in the pre-game warm-up.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris (20) comes up under the basket and finds himself hemmed in by Santa Clara defenders Niyi Harrison (31) and Kevin Foster, right, in the first half and can’t finish the basket.

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Gonzaga’s Gary Bell Jr., right, tries to draw the charge but gets called for the foul against Santa Clara’s Kevin Foster (21) in the first half.

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Santa Clara’s Evan Roquemore, right, tries to float a shot over Gonzaga’s,from left, Sam Dower, Guy Landry Edi (10) and Kevin Pangos in the first half.

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Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti, left, puts his head together with head coach Mark Few during a frustrating first half Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at McCarthey Athletic Center.

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Gonzaga head coach Mark Few calls orders to his team during a frustrating first half.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris (20) stretches and deflects a shot by Santa Clara defender Niyi Harrison (31), left, in the first half.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris (20) tries a short jumper in the middle of the key against Santa Clara defender Evan Roquemore (0), right, in the first half and can’t finish the basket.

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Santa Clara’s Jordan Akwenuke (5) yanks a rebound away from Gonzaga’s Sam Dower, right, in the second half Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

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Gonzaga’s Rob Sacre skyhooks over Santa Clara’s Robert Garrett, left, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at McCarthey Athletic Center.

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Santa Clara’s Evan Roquemore is slowed by Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos (4) while driving in the second half.

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Santa Clara’s John McArthur (25) tumbles over Gonzaga’s Elias Harris in the scramble for a loose ball in the first half.

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Gonzaga’s Rob Sacre, right, and Santa Clara’s big man Robert Garrett flail for a loose ball.

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Gonzaga’s Gary Bell Jr. tries to elevate for a dunk over Santa Clara’s Yannick Atanga, below, but gets called for the charging foul in the second half.

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Gonzaga’s David Stockton grabs a rebound against Santa Clara seven-footer Robert Garrett, right, in the second half.

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Gonzaga’s Marquise Carter,left, leans into Santa Clara’s Raymond Cowels III on defense in the second half.

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Gonzaga’s Sam Dower pulls up for a fall away jump shot against Santa Clara’s Niyi Harrison, right, in the second half.

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Gonzaga’s Mathis Keita, center, is harassed by Santa Clara’s Denzel Johnson, left, and Robert Garrett, right, in the second half Saturday.

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Gonzaga’s Guy Landry Edi throws up a successful off balance lay-in after Santa Clara’s Raymond Cowels III, right, throws out a leg to trip him up in the second half.

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Gonzaga’s Marquise Carter, center, tries to split Santa Clara defenders Niyi Harrison (31) and Kevin Foster, right, in the second half but gets tangled up on his way to the basket.

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Gonzaga’s Rob Sacre begins to celebrate as the game against the Santa Clara Broncos winds down.

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Gonzaga’s Gary Bell Jr., left, is ribbed by teammate Mathis Keita, right, after the Bulldogs’ win over Santa Clara.

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