Norvell Leads No. 17 Gonzaga Over Howard 106-69
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Freshman Zach Norvell Jr. scored 18 points and freshman Corey Kispert added 13 as No. 17 Gonzaga pounded Howard 106-69 on Tuesday night.
Johnathan Williams and Rui Hachimura each scored 12 points for Gonzaga (2-0), which last season won its first 29 games and lost in the NCAA championship game to North Carolina.
R.J. Cole scored 16 points for Howard (0-3), which is playing 13 of its 16 non-conference games on the road.
Howard shot just 30 percent in the game and was outrebounded 51-33. Gonzaga made 14 3-pointers.
Gonzaga hit four 3-pointers in the early going and jumped to an 18-5 lead.
After a Howard basket, the Zags scored 13 straight points for a 31-8 lead. Hachimura dribbled the length of the court and slammed home a dunk, then hit the resulting free throw, to highlight the run.
Two 3-pointers by Nate Garvey brought Howard within 39-18, but the Zags quickly pulled away again to lead 54-27 at halftime.
Howard shot just 27 percent in the first half, compared to nearly 58 percent for Gonzaga, and was outrebounded by the taller Zags 31-14 in the first.
Gonzaga pushed the lead to 30 points early in the second half and the Bison did not threaten again.
This is the third meeting between the programs, but the first in 27 years. The Zags have won all three.
Williams surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his career, which includes two seasons at Missouri.
Howard: The Bison lost to Indiana 86-77 on Sunday, but this night they looked more like the team picked to finish eighth in the MEAC. Cole scored 27 against the Hoosiers.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs on Saturday conclude a three-game home stand against lower-profile opponents. Next week they play in the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon, against some of the nation's top teams. That should be the first real test of the reloaded Zags, who lost four key players from last year's team.
Howard plays at Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
Gonzaga hosts Utah State on Saturday.