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Gonzaga-Tennessee: 3 keys to the Volunteers’ 76-73 win over the Bulldogs

Key moment

Tennessee senior Admiral Schofield took over in crunch time. His banked 3-pointer over Brandon Clarke was particularly deflating for the Zags as the shot gave the Volunteers a 73-71 lead with 1:15 left. He followed that up with a more conventional 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining that proved to be the game-winner.

Offensive MVP

Schofield scored Tennessee’s last 11 points, including a 3-pointer to break a 73-all tie with 22 seconds remaining. Schofield poured in 25 of his 30 points in the second half to fuel the Volunteers’ comeback victory. The 6-foot-6 wing made 12 of 22 shots, including 6 of 10 3-pointers.

Defensive MVP

GU’s Brandon Clarke was a defensive force again, registering two steals and swatting three shots, one that will be a candidate for block of the year. Clarke met athletic Vols’ forward Yves Pons at the rim in transition and rejected Pons’ shot. Clarke also finished with nine rebounds.

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Gonzaga rewind: Josh Perkins demonstrates his toughness again in win over Pilots

UPDATED: 7:06 p.m.

Senior point guard Josh Perkins could end his Gonzaga career as the program’s all-time assists leader, but he doesn’t dish much on his health. In the second half of Saturday’s 89-66 win over Portland, Perkins took a couple of awkward steps after splitting two defenders while driving into the lane. He fell to the court and needed some extra time before standing up. He appeared to be hobbling a bit but stayed in the game.