An argument could be made that the key moment was when Brandon Clarke won the opening tip as the Bulldogs jumped out to leads of 18-0 and 31-2. Gonzaga didn’t look back, eventually setting a program record for field-goal shooting in a half at 84.6 percent. The Zags also broke a program record for margin of victory with their 101-40 win.
Denver had trouble stopping the Zags and specifically Rui Hachimura, who was nearly flawless. He did his damage in the first half, sitting most of the second, but he finished 9 for 9 from the field, made his only attempt from beyond the arc and was 4 for 5 from the free-throw line.
Clarke pinned a layup attempt against the backboard late in the first half for his second block of the game, finishing with three. The 6-foot-8 big man helped hold Denver to 20 points in the paint. He led the team with seven rebounds and added a steal.
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