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Gonzaga-Santa Clara: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 75-60 victory

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. scored 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half, in Gonzaga’s 75-60 win over Santa Clara on Saturday, January 20, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. scored 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half, in Gonzaga’s 75-60 win over Santa Clara on Saturday, January 20, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP)

Key moment

Santa Clara kept hanging around but, Gonzaga finally created separation with a 12-0 run midway through the second half to extend its lead to 66-46. Johnathan Williams started it with four points, Rui Hachimura contributed four points and Zach Norvell Jr. added a putback and an assist.

Offensive player of the game

Norvell Jr., a freshman guard for the Zags, had a big second half, reminiscent of several games earlier this season, scoring 14 of his 16 points to help Gonzaga pull away. Norvell finished 7 of 9 from the field, made a pair of 3-pointers and handed out seven assists, one shy of his season high.

Defensive player of the game

Hachimura found himself defending Santa Clara’s KJ Feagin for a sizable portion of the second half and he did a nice job on the standout point guard. Feagin finished with 21 points, but they were hard-earned on 8-of-17 shooting. He scored just nine points in the second half.

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