The No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the Santa Clara Broncos 88-57 on Thursday at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara, California. Here are the three keys to the Zags’ win:
The Zags were on top 19-12 when Silas Melson dropped a 3-pointer and followed with a driving layup. Those were the first five points in 13-0 run that pushed Gonzaga’s lead to a commanding 32-12 late in the first half.
Offensive player of the game
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski scored 19 points in just 21 minutes. The 7-foot-1 senior made 6 of 7 shots and 7 of 9 free throws against SCU’s undersized front court. One Bronco fouled out and two others had four fouls.
Defensive player of the game
Junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss came up with a pair of steals to boost his team-leading total to 31 on the season. Williams-Goss turned in a solid night on defense. He helped limit KJ Feagin and Matt Hauser to a combined 5-of-19 shooting.