Williams leads No. 19 Gonzaga past Loyola Marymount, 85-66

Williams scores 30 points and grabs 10 rebounds

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) Johnathan Williams scored 30 points and No. 19 Gonzaga opened the second half with a 17-0 run to roll past Loyola Marymount 85-66 on Saturday night.

 

The Bulldogs (14-3, 4-0 WCC) received 12 points from Zach Norvell Jr. and Josh Perkins, and another 11 from Rui Hachimura.

 

Williams connected on 13 of 18 shots, and added 10 rebounds.

 

Steve Haney led Loyola Marymount (5-10, 0-4) with 22 points, but scored only four in the second half. James Bateman added 13 for the Lions.

 

Gonzaga led by as many as 24 points in the second half. The Bulldogs dominated play in the paint, outscoring LMU 48-26.

 

Gonzaga built what appeared to be a comfortable 34-20 lead midway into the first half, getting strong inside play from Williams and Hachimura.

 

But the Lions started chipping away at the lead and then finished the half with a 7-0 flurry to trail 46-41.

 

The Bulldogs responded with their decisive 17-0 run to start the second half. They held Loyola without a basket for the first 5:23 of the half.

 

BIG PICTURE

 

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have taken their expected 4-0 start to conference play after sweeping Pepperdine and Loyola this week.

 

Loyola Marymount: The Lions started the season 5-4 but have lost six consecutive games and are still looking for their first conference win.

 

UP NEXT

 

Gonzaga: Return to Spokane on Thursday to meet Portland.

 

Loyola Marymount: Remain at home to play San Francisco on Thursday.