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Gonzaga-Texas A&M: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 94-71 victory over the Aggies

Key moment

Not so much a moment, but a run. The Zags had issues with the athleticism of the Aggies for most of the first half, but a 15-5 run to close out the first period gave them some much-needed cushion. Josh Perkins’ layup with 3:56 left in the first was a springboard as GU extended its lead. Rui Hachimura nailed a buzzer-beater for the 15-point lead and sandwiched between was two Zach Norvell Jr. 3-pointers to wake up the crowd.

Offensive MVP

Norvell just beat out Hachimura as he was instrumental in opening up the game late in the first half. He also had a few pretty finishes at the rim. Norvell finished with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He made 4 of his 5 3-point attempts and was 4 of 5 from the free-throw line.

Defensive MVP

Brandon Clarke will make a lot of appearances in this section this year. Again, he locked down the post, blocking three shots and grabbing a game-high 11 boards. And an honorable mention to Corey Kispert, who finished tied with Clark with three blocks, including a monster one that led to a Norvell dunk the other way.