No. 1 Gon­zaga ral­lies past Creighton in shootout

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Sports -

Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his ca­reer-high 28 points in the sec­ond half, and top-ranked Gon­zaga wiped out an early 11point deficit and beat host Creighton 103-92 in a matchup of two of the na­tion’s top of­fen­sive teams Sat­ur­day in Omaha, Neb.

The Bull­dogs (8-0), who took over the No. 1 rank­ing this week af­ter beat­ing Duke in the Maui In­vi­ta­tional, over­came a bois­ter­ous crowd of more than 18,000 at the CHI Health Cen­ter to win in their first true road game of the sea­son.

Gon­zaga held Creighton (6-2) score­less for nearly four min­utes in the mid­dle of the sec­ond half while go­ing on a 12-0 run to go up 84-73. Norvell hit two 3-point­ers and a layup dur­ing the spurt, while Creighton missed five shots and turned over the ball three times.

Bran­don Clarke added 27 points and 10 re­bounds for GU, and Rui Hachimura added 22 and 11. TyShon Alexan­der scored 27 to lead Creighton.

High­lights

No. 3 Duke 113, Stet­son 49: Fresh­man RJ Bar­rett had 26 points, seven re­bounds, a sea­son-high seven as­sists and four steals in 17 min­utes, and the Blue Devils ( 7-1) blew out the Hat­ters (1-8). Cameron Red­dish added 23 points, and Zion Wil­liamson had 17.

No. 5 Ne­vada 73, South­ern Cal 61: Jor­dan Caro­line scored 22 points, and the Wolf Pack took con­trol with a dom­i­nant sec­ond half to beat the Tro­jans (5-3) in Los An­ge­les and equal their 8-0 start from last sea­son. Ne­vada scored the first nine points of the sec­ond half and had a 31-11 run in the teams’ first meet­ing since 1976.

No. 7 Michi­gan 76, No. 19 Pur­due 57: Jor­dan Poole scored 21 points as part of a bal­anced of­fense, and the Wolver­ines (8-0) were stingy on de­fense while rout­ing a third ranked team this sea­son and beat­ing the Boil­er­mak­ers (5-3) in the teams’ Big Ten opener. Michi­gan is in its best start since be­gin­ning 16-0 in 2012-13.

No. 10 Ken­tucky 78, UNC Greens­boro 61: Reid Travis scored 22 points, and Kel­don John­son added six of his 13 points dur­ing a 14-2 sec­ond-half run that helped the Wild­cats ( 7-1) beat the Spar­tans ( 7-2) in Lex­ing­ton, Ky., for their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

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