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Gonzaga-San Diego: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 96-38 win

The No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the San Diego Toreros 96-38 on Thursday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego. Here are the three keys to the Zags’ win:

Key moment

Gonzaga took command by scoring the first 11 points and holding San Diego scoreless for the first 6:25. The Toreros were within 26-14 when the Zags went on an 18-2 run to close the half.

Offensive player of the game

Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins (13) drives to the basket as San Diego forward Juwan Gray (12) defends and Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) watches during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in San Diego. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)
Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins (13) drives to the basket as San Diego forward Juwan Gray (12) defends and Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) watches during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in San Diego. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

Redshirt sophomore guard Josh Perkins knocked down his first four shots – all 3-pointers – to help the Zags build a comfortable lead in the first half. He finished with five 3-pointers and 15 points. He also had six assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes.

Defensive player of the game

Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) and San Diego forward Cameron Neubauer (20) reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in San Diego. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)
Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) and San Diego forward Cameron Neubauer (20) reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in San Diego. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

Gonzaga junior Johnathan Williams covered USD forward Brett Bailey and limited the former University High standout to just seven points, nine below his average. Williams also collected 19 rebounds, 17 on the defensive end.

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