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Gonzaga-LMU: 3 keys to Bulldogs’ 90-60 win

Loyola Marymount guard Brandon Brown passes in front of Gonzaga’s Silas Melson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)
Loyola Marymount guard Brandon Brown passes in front of Gonzaga’s Silas Melson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

The No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs crushed the Loyola Marymount Lions 90-60 on Thursday at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. Here are the three keys to the Zags’ win:

Key moment

The Lions were hanging around in the first half until Gonzaga used a 13-3 spurt to take a 39-22 edge. Six different Zags scored in the run, led by Killian Tillie’s four points.

Offensive player of the game

Nigel Williams-Goss returned from a one-game absence (ankle) to score 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 9-of-10 free throws. He grabbed 11 rebounds for his third double-double this season.

Defensive player of the game

Silas Melson was solid defensively on Buay Tuach, who had 19 points in the first meeting. Melson was particularly effective on the 6-foot-6 wing in the first half when Gonzaga stretched its lead to 22 points.

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