SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Silas Melson scored 19 points, Josh Perkins had 12 points and eight assists, and No. 20 Gonzaga cruised by Santa Clara 101-52 on Saturday night for its 16th straight victory in the series.
Gonzaga scored the first 15 points and was never threatened. Perkins made Gonzaga's first shot for a 3-0 lead and he hit another 3 from the corner on the Bulldogs' next possession. Johnathan Williams added a dunk and Zach Norvell Jr. had a putback and two free throws as the Bulldogs scored on their first five possessions.
Norvell finished with 14 points, Rice transfer Jeremy Jones scored a career-high 11, Rui Hachimura had 11 and Corey Kispert and Jacob Larsen each added 10 for Gonzaga (12-3, 2-0 West Coast Conference). The Bulldogs had a season-high 28 assists on 36 field goals.
It was the largest margin of victory over Santa Clara in 90 meetings, topping 43 points in 2013.
Emmanuel Ndumanya ended Santa Clara's game-opening scoreless drought at the 14:39 mark with a hook shot in the lane. The Broncos were just 2 of 6 from the field over the first nine minutes with seven turnovers.
Norvell's reverse layup and Hachimura's alley-oop dunk briefly energized the quiet winter-break crowd at the McCarthey Athletic Center in the first half.
Gonzaga made its first 10 shots inside the arc and hit 8 of 17 first-half 3-pointers for a 52-25 lead at the break. Perkins had seven assists in the opening half as the Bulldogs had 16 helpers on 20 field goals en route to shooting 62.5 percent. The Broncos were undone by 10 first-half turnovers, leading to 11 fewer field-goal attempts, and the Zags' hot shooting.