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Santa Clara guard KJ Feagin returning to high-scoring form heading into game with Gonzaga

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

In this Dec. 30, 2017 file photo, Santa Clara guard KJ Feagin, right, holds the ball in front of Gonzaga forward Jeremy Jones (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane. Feagin scored 23 points in Saturday’s road win over San Francisco. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)
In this Dec. 30, 2017 file photo, Santa Clara guard KJ Feagin, right, holds the ball in front of Gonzaga forward Jeremy Jones (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane. Feagin scored 23 points in Saturday’s road win over San Francisco. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

Gonzaga shut down Santa Clara’s trio of guards in a 101-52 victory last month in Spokane. That’ll be the Zags’ first priority in Saturday’s rematch at the Leavey Center, beginning with junior KJ Feagin, an All-WCC preseason selection.

Feagin is coming off a 23-point night in Thursday’s road win over San Francisco. His numbers had tailed off in WCC play prior to that game but he still ranks fourth overall at 17.6 points per game. He’s one of the WCC’s best 3-point shooters (44 made 3s, 40.4 percent) and is accurate at the free-throw line (86.9 percent).

Silas Melson will probably guard Feagin. Josh Perkins is an option, but he’ll probably see time on Matt Hauser (10.4 points, 3.7 assists) with Zach Norvell Jr. lining up against wing Henry Caruso (12.1 points, 6.7 rebounds).

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