We expected Gonzaga to turn it up on the defensive end in WCC play and that is exactly what they are doing. It seemed to me that every interior shot from Pacific was contested by at least one Gonzaga player. You love to see that. Plus, Zags were forcing turnovers and turning those into easy points on the other end. All around, Gonzaga looked like the most complete team in the nation tonight.
Gonzaga vs Pacific Observations:
- Zach Norvell had 3 three-pointers while Perkins added 9 points and 5 assists in the first half.
- Gonzaga ran right over Pacific with a 24-5 run to close out the half.
- Gonzaga shot 56.5 from the field (13-23 FG) after twenty minutes of play.
- Pacific had 14 turnovers in the 1st half which is almost as many points as they had (15).
- Rui probably had his quietest half of the season with 8 points and no rebounds. He finished with 10 points and no boards.
- Josh Perkins has 595 career assists after tonight. He is just 74 assists away from holding Gonzaga’s all-time assists record.
- Brandon Clarke blocked 5 shots, bringing his season total to 57 which is only 13 shy of tying Austin Daye’s record. Clarke also had 10 points and 8 rebounds.
- Gonzaga forced 22 Pacific turnovers.
If there is one takeaway for Pacific, it is that they are the only team to hold Gonzaga under 70 points his season.— Connor Hope (@CondorianFM) January 11, 2019
- Mark Few improves to 13-0 against Pacific.
- Gonzaga gets their 28th straight win over an unranked team and extend their home win streak to 16 straight.
- Clarke has the smoothest spin move in the nation.
The Bulldogs now have to turn around and travel to the Bay Area for their toughest test in WCC play. Gonzaga vs San Francisco. #5 vs # 45 according to KenPom. Josh Perkins vs Frankie Ferrari. What more could you want?
*Arden Cravalho is a senior at Gonzaga University... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho