NCAA Roundup: Zags tame Broncos, 85-42


SPOKANE— Elias Harris poured in 17 points to go with nine rebounds on Wednesday, as No. 3 Gonzaga eased past Santa Clara, 85-42, at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Kelly Olynyk followed with 14 points and seven boards for the Bulldogs (26-2, 13-0 WCC), who have won nine straight.

“Outstanding, outstanding effort by our guys, probably the best I have ever seen in this building,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “Our defense our rebounding, and heck even our offensive execution, I have no complaints there. It was a total game and our guys deserve all the credit.”

Brandon Clark led the Broncos (19-9, 7-6) with 14 points in the setback, Santa Clara’s third in its last five games.

“They outscored us, out-rebounded us and outplayed us,” Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating admitted of Gonzaga. “They solidified their position as one of the best teams in the country.”

Santa Clara senior Kevin Foster opened the contest with a jumper, but it was all Gonzaga from there, as the Bulldogs responded with 15 straight points to build a 13-point cushion just over six minutes in.

A Foster jumper with just under seven minutes left made it a 24-9 contest before Gonzaga reeled off 10 straight points to push the lead to 25.

The Bulldogs led, 44-15, at the break and pushed their lead as high as 46 down the stretch as they cruised to victory.

Arizona 70, Washington 52

TUCSON, Ariz. — Solomon Hill scored 19 points and Mark Lyons added 14 as the 12th-ranked Arizona Wildcats defeated the Washington Huskies, 70-52, on Wednesday at McKale Center.

Hill added six boards, two steals and block and Lyons shot 4-for-7 as Arizona (22-4, 10-4 Pac 12) used a strong second half to capture a second straight win on the heels of two consecutive losses.

“It’s good to get a great win in from of your home crowd, a place where we’ve dropped two,” Hill said. “It’s something we want to change. We don’t want to lose at home.”

Nick Johnson finished with 12 points, while Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley contributed 10 points to the victory.

Washington (14-13, 6-8) shot just 30.8 percent in suffering its eighth defeat in 10 games.

C.J Wilcox scored 15 and Abdul Gaddy poured in 12 for the Huskies, who dropped their fifth straight on the road and eighth in a row to a Top 25 opponent.

After a slow start, Arizona finally got rolling near the end of the first half.

The Wildcats began just 3-for-15 shooting through the first 11 1/2 minutes and trailed 13-8, but Lyons scored 10 straight points, making a pair of 3-pointers to put Arizona ahead 18-16.

Later, Hill followed his three-point play with a triple to help spark an 11-4 run to close out the half, giving Arizona a 33-25 edge at the break.

Washington’s slow offensive game became nearly stagnant after coming out of the locker room, as the Huskies made just two shots from the field in the first seven-plus minutes of the second half, in which time the Wildcats blew the game open.

Using a 19-5 run, Arizona opened up a 52-30 advantage on Gabe York’s triple. Johnson added nine straight points prior to York’s make and the Wildcats never looked back from there.

The closest Washington came was 14 points the rest of the way.

“We don’t play with a lack of pride, but in the second half, we played with a lack of pride,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.

Arizona St. 69, Washington St. 57

TEMPE, Ariz. — Carrick Felix tallied a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Arizona State Sun Devils ran past the Washington State Cougars, 69-57, in a Pac-12 Conference bout at Wells Fargo Arena.

Felix shot 7-of-11 from the field and also swiped three steals for ASU (20-7, 9-5 Pac-12), which has registered back-to-back wins to notch its first 20-win season since 2010. Jahii Carson added 21 points and five assists, while Jordan Bachynski logged 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for the hosts.

For WSU (11-16, 2-12), Brock Motum scored 17 points, Royce Woolridge netted 16 points and DaVonte Lacy had 15 points. The other six players to take the court combined to score only nine points for the Cougars, who extended their season-long losing streak to seven games. ASU shot an impressive 52 percent from the field in the first half and closed the frame out on a 20-5 run to take a 36-22 advantage into intermission.

The Sun Devils’ lead never dipped below eight points in the second half.

ASU won the rebounding battle, 37-26, which helped make up for a game-high 15 turnovers.