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Gonzaga-USF: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 96-61 win

Gonzaga forwards Johnathan Williams (3) and Zach Collins (32) double team San Francisco center Jimbo Lull (5) as he tries to shoot the ball during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forwards Johnathan Williams (3) and Zach Collins (32) double team San Francisco center Jimbo Lull (5) as he tries to shoot the ball during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

The No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs rolled to a 96-61 win over the San Francisco Dons on Thursday at the McCarthey Atheltic Center in Spokane. Here are the three keys to the Zags’ win:

Key moment

The momentum finally swayed towards Gonzaga after a shot clock violation was called against San Francisco with 1:21 left in the first half. The Zags, who were winning 37-35 at the time, scored the next five points to close the half. Nigel Williams-Goss sparked the run with a 3-pointer on the possession after USF’s shot clock violation.

Offensive player of the game

Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss floats in for a basket against San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss floats in for a basket against San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Williams-Goss once again tore apart the Dons. The junior guard followed up his 36-point performance at San Francisco earlier this season with a 30-point game in the Kennel.

Defensive player of the game

Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) defends during the second half of an NCAA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) defends during the second half of an NCAA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Johnathan Williams, who recorded his 600th career rebound in the Zags’ win over San Francisco, had 11 rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.

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