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Gonzaga-Pacific: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 81-48 victory

Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr., rips a board against Pacific guard Roberto Gallinat (4) and forward Anthony Townes (5), Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Key moment

Gonzaga led by 10 seven minutes into the second half when Zach Norvell Jr. made a steal and beeline for the offensive end. Miles Reynolds was whistled for an intentional foul and Norvell made both free throws. Josh Perkins buried a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and the Zags created some breathing room with an 11-0 spurt.

Offensive player of the game

Josh Perkins helped the Zags through several offensive lulls with his perimeter shooting. The junior point guard made four 3-pointers, scored 16 points and added five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 32 turnover-free minutes.

Defensive player of the game

Sophomore forward Rui Hachimura continued his solid play of late with a strong effort on the defensive end. The 6-foot-8 forward was able to handle Pacific forwards and then stay with guards when GU switched on screens. He had one block and three rebounds.