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Gonzaga-Washington: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 97-70 win

Gonzaga’s Johnathan Williams (3) grabs a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Key moment

The Zags were in control from the outset. They never trailed and took command 23-11 with a 10-0 run early in the first half. Killian Tillie scored four points, two on a dunk, Johnathan Williams had a three-point play and Jacob Larsen and Zach Norvell Jr. chipped in free throws to fuel the spurt. Gonzaga led by double figures the rest of the way.

Offensive player of the game

Senior forward Johnathan Williams, coming off a rough outing against Villanova (five points in 18 minutes before fouling out), was a force inside. He had a couple of dunks, made 9 of 14 shots and 5 of 9 free throws. He finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds (six offensive). He made UW pay for double-teams with four assists.

Defensive player of the game

GU senior Silas Melson helped slow down standout freshman guard Jaylen Nowell, who entered the game as Washington’s leading scorer at 17.8 points. Nowell didn’t connect from the field until 1:40 remained in the first half. Nowell finished with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting before fouling out with 6:10 remaining.