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Recap and highlights: Tandem of Brandon Clarke, Rui Hachimura lead No. 8 Gonzaga to 89-55 win over UT Arlington

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 8:07 p.m.

Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura both notched double-doubles as No. 8 Gonzaga rebounded from back-to-back losses with an 89-55 rout of UT Arlington on Tuesday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Hachimura netted a team-high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (10-2), while Clarke finished with 17 points, 13 boards and three blocks.

Freshman forward Filip Petrusev matched a career-high with 14 points, while Corey Kispert (12 points) and Josh Perkins (10) also finished in double figures.

Brian Warren scored 12 points to pace the Mavericks (3-8).

Gonzaga dominated on the glass, outrebounding UTA 53-31, while also outscoring the Mavs 48-16 in the paint. Gonzaga also had 20 assists on its 31 baskets.

The Bulldogs shot 52.5 percent from the floor and 25 percent from 3-point range, while holding the Mavs to 26.8 percent shooting overall and 23.5 percent from 3-point range.

Gonzaga will host Denver at 6 p.m. on Friday (KHQ), the second of six straight home games.

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Second half

Final – Gonzaga 89, UT Arlington 55: Good bounce back for the Bulldogs after two tough losses to Tennessee and North Carolina. Also a good chance to get more players some time on the court.

Zags at home for a while now, as Denver visits the Kennel on Friday.

GU also getting closer to the return of Geno Crandall and the debut of Killian Tillie.

3:41 – Gonzaga 79, UT Arlington 53: First Greg Foster Jr. sighting of the night for the Bulldogs as GU starts to clear the bench.

Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke are likely done, both finishing with double-doubles.

Josh Perkins stays on the court long enough to get into double figures scoring with 10 points, but the senior guard also picks up a technical foul after the first dunk of his career. His night also appears to be done.

With the hardest stretch of games on the schedule out of the way, GU should be able to get its bench some more minutes in the coming weeks with games against Denver, North Alabama and Cal State Bakersfield before beginning West Coast Conference play on January 5 against Santa Clara.

7:17 – Gonzaga 76, UT Arlington 44: Bulldogs pulling away from the Mavs as UT Arlington can’t buy a basket.

Even the mistakes end up as highlights for the Zags as Josh Perkins dribbles the ball off his foot and finds a wide-open Zach Norvell Jr. under the bucket from the floor.

Norvell quickly up to nine points, while Perkins has eight points, four rebounds and four assists.

Zags having no problems rebounding the ball against the Mavs, as GU holds the 45-25 advantage. Bulldogs also with 46 points in the paint and 18 team assists to 12 turnovers.

11:26 – Gonzaga 63, UT Arlington 41: Corey Kispert back on the floor for the Zags and has nine points to go with his two steals.

Cold shooting continues for Zach Norvell Jr. The sophomore wing gets his first two points on a driving layup, but is 0 for 4 from deep.

Rui Hachimura up to 20 points for the Zags, who are 0 for 6 from 3-point range this half.

Brandon Clarke grabs his 10th rebound to join Rui with a double-double. Clarke also has 15 points and three blocks.

15:50 – Gonzaga 51, UT Arlington 34: With Corey Kispert in foul trouble, GU starts the second half with Jeremy Jones on the floor.

Slow going on offense early on for both teams, as the Bulldogs and Mavericks each miss their first three shots before getting on the board.

Rui Hachimura gets his double-double after grabbing his 10th rebound to go with his 14 points. Brandon Clarke sitting at nine rebounds to go with his team-high 15 points.

First half

Halftime – Gonzaga 48, UT Arlington 30: Bulldogs really working the ball inside now as Rui Hachimura uses a strong move to get to double figures. The junior has 13 points and seven rebounds.

Brandon Clarke also into double figures for the Zags with 13 points and three blocks.

Zags shoot 60 percent overall and 33.3 percent from deep in the half, while the Mavs shoot 27.8 percent from the floor and 29.4 percent from 3-point range.

GU outrebounding UTA 25-14 and outscoring the Mavs in the paint 28-6.

Brian Warren leads the Mavs with 10 points.

3:42 – Gonzaga 36, UT Arlington 25: Couple of deep 3-pointers from UTA guard Brian Warren gets him and his lengthy beard to 10 points, the first player into double figures. Mavs still shooting just 29.6 percent overall though.

A few more rough possessions for the Zags, coupled with a 9-0 UTA run get the Mavs a little closer, but Brandon Clarke’s authoritative slam gets the GU offense back on track. Zags dominating in the paint (24-4).

Gonzaga the first team in foul trouble as Corey Kispert is called for his third foul in the half.

Rui Hachimura and Clarke leading GU with eight points each.

8:20 – Gonzaga 32, UT Arlington 12: Rotation change here for Mark Few and the Zags as Joel Ayayi is the first guard off the bench, not freshman Greg Foster Jr. Ayayi with four points in three minutes of action.

Bulldogs dominating in most parts of the game – as expected against this 2-8 Mavs team – but GU is already up to four turnovers.

Balanced scoring so far for GU, with the exception of Zach Norvell Jr. and Jeremy Jones, who have yet to score.

Rui Hachimura dominating on the glass. The big man has seven rebounds to go with his six points.

11:42 – Gonzaga 19, UT Arlington 5: First two 3-pointer of the game goes to Josh Perkins, who is coming off one of his best games of the season against North Carolina. The senior guard has six early points.

UTA’s Edric Dennis into the game for the first time. He’s missed the Mavs’ last three games, but has averaged 14 points per contest this season.

Zags going to their bench early in this one, as Filip Petrusev and Jeremy Jones check in. Petrusev played important minutes in the losses to Tennessee and UNC. He should see some decent minutes tonight.

Petrusev with five points for the Zags.

GU shooting 61.5 percent from the floor and 50 percent from deep, while holding Arlington to 13.3 percent shooting overall and 20 percent from 3-point range.

15:42 – Gonzaga 8, UT Arlington 2: Bulldogs look a touch out of sorts early on as Rui Hachimura is forced into a pair of turnovers in the opening minute.

GU’s size inside should be the obvious advantage tonight against the smaller Mavs. Brandon Clarke already up to four points in the paint for the Zags.

UTA being held to 15-foot jumpers, finally getting one to fall after opening the game with six straight misses.

Clarke getting it done on defense as well with a pair of early rejections.

Gonzaga announces starting 5

Game preview

Gonzaga roster

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Class

11

Joel Ayayi

G

6-5

Fr

2

Jack Beach

G

6-3

So

15

Brandon Clarke

G

6-8

Jr

0

Geno Crandall

G

6-3

Sr

4

Greg Foster Jr.

G

6-5

Fr

21

Rui Hachimura

F

6-8

Jr

22

Jeremy Jones

F

6-7

Sr

24

Corey Kispert

F

6-6

So

10

Matthew Lang

G

6-3

Fr

5

Alex Martin

G

6-5

Jr

23

Zach Norvell Jr.

G

6-5

So

20

Paul Pennington

G

5-10

Fr

13

Josh Perkins

G

6-3

Sr

3

Filip Petrusev

F

6-11

Fr

33

Killian Tillie

F

6-10

Jr

LEADERS

Player

G

MPG

FG%

FT%

3P%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

PPG

Rui Hachimura

11

31.1

.547

.718

.438

6.5

1.8

0.8

0.5

21.7

Zach Norvell Jr.

11

31.4

.433

.833

.368

5.0

3.3

1.5

0.0

17.9

Brandon Clarke

11

26.8

.708

.627

1.000

7.7

1.4

1.5

3.3

16.7

Josh Perkins

11

33.3

.457

.905

.413

3.4

8.4

1.5

0.1

11.1

Corey Kispert

11

29.4

.449

1.000

.407

4.4

1.5

0.4

0.4

9.2

Filip Petrusev

11

14.5

.545

.800

.333

3.6

0.2

0.2

0.6

8.2

Geno Crandall

6

18.2

.300

.688

.083

1.5

2.3

1.3

0.2

5.0

Jeremy Jones

11

14.4

.867

.714

1.000

4.1

0.9

0.1

0.0

4.1

Joel Ayayi

5

5.6

.600

-

.000

1.4

0.4

0.2

0.0

2.4

Jack Beach

4

3.3

1.000

-

1.000

0.3

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.8

Greg Foster Jr.

10

5.5

.429

.500

.333

0.6

0.5

0.2

0.0

0.8

Matthew Lang

1

6.0

-

-

-

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Alex Martin

1

1.0

-

-

-

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

UT Arlington roster

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Class

4

David Azore

G

6-4

Fr

30

Patrick Binzer

G

6-1

Jr

2

DJ Bryant

G

5-11

Jr

21

Pedro Castro

G

6-6

Fr

10

Radshad Davis

G

6-2

Jr

5

Edric Dennis

G

6-0

Jr

11

Ike Durham

G

5-9

Jr

20

Andres Ibarguen

F

6-5

Jr

22

Tiandre Jackson-Young

G

6-3

Jr

33

McKade Marquis

G

6-0

Fr

15

Scott Muirhead

F

6-3

Jr

23

Patrick Mwamba

F

6-5

Fr

13

Jabari Narcis

F

6-9

Jr

3

Ayoub Nouhi

F

6-5

Fr

4

Davion Turner

F

6-9

Sr

00

Brian Warren

G

5-9

Jr

LEADERS

Player

G

MPG

FG%

FT%

3P%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

PPG

Brian Warren

10

29.1

.387

.766

.298

1.9

3.3

0.9

0.0

14.9

Edric Dennis

7

27.0

.370

.781

.283

5.4

1.4

1.1

0.0

14.0

Andres Ibarguen

4

26.3

.679

.571

-

8.0

0.5

0.3

1.8

11.5

David Azore

10

23.4

.318

.848

.100

2.8

1.7

1.0

0.2

8.4

Radshad Davis

10

26.2

.426

.722

.261

6.3

0.9

0.6

0.5

7.7

Tiandre Jackson-Young

10

22.7

.417

.286

.381

3.7

0.2

0.2

0.2

5.0

Patrick Mwamba

8

18.9

.452

.526

.200

3.8

0.9

1.6

0.3

5.0

DJ Bryant

10

20.4

.310

.947

.250

1.7

2.1

1.6

0.1

4.1

Jabari Narcis

10

11.9

.565

.667

.143

3.2

0.0

0.4

0.5

3.1

Scott Muirhead

1

3.0

.500

-

.500

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

3.0

Pedro Castro

10

12.7

.308

.600

.167

2.3

0.5

0.4

0.3

2.2

Ayoub Nouhi

10

8.4

.455

.167

.000

0.8

0.1

0.1

0.0

1.1

Patrick Binzer

1

0.0

-

-

-

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Ike Durham

1

3.0

-

-

-

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

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