NCAAB Game Recap - North Alabama at Gonzaga
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:00 PM EST

N AL
51
Gonz
96
F
MD-ES
40
VaTec
85
F
TexPA
46
TxTch
71
F
South
41
Marq
84
F
TCU
(N/A)
Canc
LoyMD
64
NCSU
97
F
Detr
78
YSU
66
F
KennSt
57
GaTec
87
F
SDSt
100
W IL
58
F
JMU
74
W&M
79
F
Drex
83
NE
93
F
Del
46
Hof
91
F
Tows
77
Elon
60
F
NCAT
57
ECU
77
F
IL-C
75
WriSt
72
F(OT)
Oakl
89
Clev
77
F
IUPUI
77
NoKY
92
F
Albany
68
Kent
70
F
UCRiv
60
AF
72
F
TexAr
56
Tex
76
F
ULMo
69
LSU
81
F
APSU
65
Ark
76
F
Denv
84
NebOm
91
F
E OR
57
UtSt
84
F
UCDav
59
LoyMa
77
F
IPFW
N DA
PPD
SDak
NDSt
PPD

Gonzaga 96, North Alabama 51

Dec 28, 2018, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Alabama (3-11)

14

37

51

(7) Gonzaga (12-2)

48

48

96

Norvell, Clarke lead No. 7 Gonzaga over North Alabama 96-51
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:44 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga came out refreshed and focused after a weeklong Christmas break.

Zach Norvell Jr. scored 20 points, and the seventh-ranked Bulldogs started with a 29-1 run against North Alabama in a 96-51 victory on Friday night, Gonzaga's 13th straight win at home.

Brandon Clarke had 16 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and three steals for Gonzaga (12-2), which was ranked No. 1 for two weeks earlier this season. Rui Hachimura added 14 points, Josh Perkins scored 13 and Corey Kispert had 10.

The Bulldogs were worn out after an early schedule that included some of the nation's top teams. Gonzaga beat then-No. 1 Duke before losing to Tennessee and North Carolina.

"We had to get some guys a break," coach Mark Few said. "I hoped to spend a little more time on ourselves."

Apparently, it worked.

"We did a great job of dictating the offense and defense," Few said. "We played with good energy."

Christian Agnew scored 18 for North Alabama (3-11), which is in its first year of Division I basketball and is still seeking its first win over a D-I opponent. Jamari Blackmon added 14 points.

For the second consecutive game, taller and quicker Gonzaga overwhelmed an opponent early.

The Zags went ahead 29-1 in the first seven minutes, making nine of their first 12 shots.

North Alabama did not make a field goal until nearly eight minutes were gone in the first, when Agnew scored.

The Lions' second basket, also by Agnew, came four minutes later and they trailed 35-6.

Norvell's basket put the Zags up 47-6 as North Alabama made just two of its first 20 shots.

Gonzaga led 48-14 at halftime after holding the Lions to 18.5 percent shooting, including 0 of 9 from 3-point range. North Alabama had two shot-clock violations and 10 turnovers in the first half.

"That was a good 20 minutes of basketball," Few said. "I'm proud."

"We were very, very efficient again on offense," Few added.

North Alabama went on an 11-5 run to open the second half, cutting Gonzaga's lead to 53-25, but the Lions could not get closer.

However, the Lions' shooting dramatically improved in the second half.

"I love the effort our guys put into the second half," coach Tony Pujol said. "The guys wanted to come out and play."

"Hats off to Gonzaga. They're by far one of the elite programs in the country," he said. "It was a great opportunity for our guys."

OUCH

North Alabama committed 20 turnovers, and Gonzaga piled up 15 steals and seven blocked shots.

THE BOARDS

Gonzaga won the rebound battle 43-32 and outscored the Lions in the paint 46-26.

SHOOTING WOES

After shooting just 18.5 percent in the first, the Lions shot 46 percent in the second half to finish at 32.7 percent for the game. Gonzaga shot 54 percent.

BIG PICTURE

North Alabama: The Lions were a longtime Division II power, including national titles in 1979 and 1991. ... While all three of their victories are against lower-division foes, they have been competitive in several games. ... Blackmon, a freshman, came in leading the Lions in scoring at 16.2 points per game.

Gonzaga: This is the first Atlantic Sun Conference opponent the Zags have faced. ... The Bulldogs were coming off a 101-40 win over Denver last Friday, with the 61-point victory margin the largest in program history. ... The Zags came in averaging 93.9 points per game to 65.8 for North Alabama. ... Gonzaga leads the nation with 257 assists.

UP NEXT

North Alabama plays at Eastern Illinois on Sunday.

Gonzaga wraps up its nonconference schedule against Cal State-Bakersfield on Monday. The game may see the return of guard Geno Crandall, who has missed a month with a hand injury.

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Leaders

North Alabama PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Windeler 0 0 0 1 0 1
A. Morrissey 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gonzaga PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
Z. Norvell Jr. 20 0 5 4 3 0
B. Clarke 16 0 2 12 3 4

Team Comparison

N AL Gonz
Points For 51 96
Field Goals 18/55-33% 34/63-54%
Three Pointers 4/19-21% 9/24-38%
Free Throws 11/20-55% 19/24-79%
Offensive Rebounds 9 10
Defensive Rebounds 23 33
Rebounds 36 48
Blocks 2 7
Steals 4 15
Turnovers 20 11
Personal Fouls 19 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2018-2019 Regular Season - Gonz Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Dec 28 N AL 51 @ Gonz 96 T. King 1 G. Foster Jr. 2

Game Information

Stadium: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington
Attendance: 6,000
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