Gonzaga remains unbeaten, routs Santa Clara
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[January 20, 2017]
Przemek Karnowski led No. 4
Gonzaga with 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field in the
Bulldogs' 88-57 victory over host Santa Clara in a West Coast
Conference game Thursday night.
Gonzaga, the only remaining unbeaten team in the nation, improved to
18-0 overall, 6-0 in the WCC. Santa Clara fell to 10-10 and 4-3.
The Bulldogs shot 51.7 percent from the field and were only 6 of 19
from 3-point range. Gonzaga dominated Santa Clara in the paint,
outscoring the Broncos 47-16 as the Bulldogs won the rebounding
"It was a great team effort overall in a tough atmosphere," Gonzaga
coach Mark Few said referring to the sellout crowd of 4,738 at Santa
Clara's Leavey Center. "This was our first real road test with
students back. I'm proud of how our guys played through that for the
whole 40 minutes."
Nigel Williams-Goss had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Johnathan
Williams contributed 13 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Zach Collins also had 16 points and five rebounds.
Santa Clara, which shot 36.5 percent from the field, was led by
Jared Brownridge's 23 points. The only other double-figure scorer
was K.J. Feagin with 13 points. No other Bronco scored more than
"It was difficult for anybody to match Gonzaga's balance and depth,"
Santa Clara coach Herb Sendek said. "They can beat you in so many
Gonzaga, which never trailed, led by as many as 20 points in the
first half before leading 38-22 at halftime.
The Bulldogs outrebounded Santa Clara 22-13 in the first half and
showed their balance with none of their players scoring at least 10
points. Six players had at least five points in the period.
"I thought the way we came out focused for the most part in the
first half set the tone," Few said. "Whenever you go on the road, it
can be a struggle. We were confident from the start."
Gonzaga had a season-low six turnovers in the game while compiling
16 assists. Four of the six turnovers were by post players Karnowski
and Collins. Gonzaga's trio of guards -- Williams-Goss, Josh Perkins
and Silas Melson -- combined for 10 assists and only two turnovers.
Brownridge had 13 first-half points to lead the Broncos, who shot
33.3 percent from the field and 30.8 from 3-point range.
A 9-1 run by Santa Clara, highlighted by two baskets from Brownridge
including a 3, cut Gonzaga's lead to 52-41 with 13:07 left in
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Fans hold up signs before the game between the Santa Clara Broncos
and the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Leavey Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan
Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
The Bulldogs responded with an 11-1 run with six points from
Karnowski to increase the lead to 63-42 with 9:23 left.
They went on a 21-4 run overall after the lead was down to 11
points. The game-clinching spurt was similar to Gonzaga's runaway
late against Saint Mary's in its previous game.
"We did a good job of chasing (Santa Clara's) 3-point shooters," Few
said. "They did not make a lot of threes other than Brownridge. We
did a good job overall of contesting shots."
Brownridge made 6 of 12 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. The rest
of the Broncos were 3 of 13.
Gonzaga tries to add to their unbeaten streak Saturday against
Portland in Spokane, Wash. Santa Clara hosts Loyola Marymount on
NOTES: Santa Clara G Jared Brownridge, the second-leading scorer in
school history (2,079), is eighth on the WCC all-time scoring list.
He has 11 career 30-point games. ... Gonzaga's 18-game winning
streak is the longest in the nation. The streak is also the
fourth-longest in program history, two games behind runs in 2005-06
and 2003-04. The 2014-15 Bulldogs won a program-record 22 straight
games. ... G Jared Brownridge and F Nate Kratch are the only Santa
Clara players to start all 20 games. ... Gonzaga C Przemek Karnowski
and F Johnathan Williams were a combined 67.1 field goal percentage
(49 for 73) through the first five WCC games. ... Santa Clara had
the best turnover margin in the WCC (plus-2.4 per game) and the
third-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4-to-1) entering Thursday's
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