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Drew Timme, No. 2 Gonzaga cruise to victory over Santa Clara

Field Level Media
16 Jan 2022, 09:40 GMT+10

Drew Timme hit for 32 points on 14-of-18 shooting from the field and six players reached double-digit scoring as No. 2 Gonzaga cruised to a 115-83 victory against host Santa Clara in a West Coast Conference game Saturday.

Andrew Nembhard added 19 points and six assists, and backcourt mate Rasir Bolton had 12 points and seven assists for the Bulldogs (14-2 overall, 3-0 WCC), who were playing their first true road game of the season.

Nolan Hickman scored 14 points, making four 3-pointers, and Anton Watson (11 points, 11 rebounds) and 7-foot freshman Chet Holmgren (11 points, 12 rebounds) each had double-doubles as Gonzaga never trailed in extending its winning streak to seven games.

Jalen Williams led the Broncos (11-6, 1-1) with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Keshawn Justice added 13 points and five rebounds, Parker Braun scored 11 and PJ Pipes and Giordan Williams each tallied 10.

The Zags scored 100-plus points for the third straight game, the longest streak in school history. They defeated Pepperdine 117-83 a week earlier and topped BYU 110-84 on Thursday.

The Broncos were coming off a conference-opening 84-70 victory at Pacific on Wednesday, in which coach Herb Sendek earned his milestone 500th career win.

But Santa Clara's defense was no match for the Zags' high-powered attack.

Gonzaga took control early, breaking a 6-6 tie with a 12-0 run. Timme scored six points during the span, with Holmgren and Bolton each adding 3-pointers.

Timme had 21 points in the first half as the Zags led 60-41 at the intermission.

Gonzaga extended its lead to as many as 38 points, 104-66 with 5:11 remaining.

The Zags shot 58.7 percent from the field (44 of 75) while limiting Santa Clara to 39.7 percent (31 of 78). Thanks to Timme, Holmgren and Watson, Gonzaga held a 62-36 edge in points in the paint.

--Field Level Media

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