Posted 1:45 a.m. ET November 16, 2018 | Updated 2:23 a.m. ET November 16, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Gonzaga was flying up and down the court in the first half against Texas A & M, taking hasty shots, and coach Mark Few was not happy.
At halftime, he told his team to slow down, and the No. 3 Bulldogs responded by eliminating the Aggies 94-71 on Thursday night.
"We slow down a couple of guys," Few said. "We got the ball in the right places and we took the right shots."
Zach Norvell Jr. scored 22 points and Rui Hachimura added 18 for Gonzaga, who had broken the 100-point mark in his previous two games.
Brandon Clarke had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (3-0), who won his first three games for the eighth consecutive season.
Five zags finished in double figures.
"That's obviously the strength of our team," Few said. "We have a good balance."
Gonzaga blocked 10 shots and had eight steals against the Aggies.
"We had to dig deeper than the score would indicate tonight," Few said. "There were many high-level plays in the basket."
Savion Flagg scored 18 points and T.J. Start 16 for Texas A & M (1-2). The Aggies went to Sweet 16 last season, but they had big losses in the NBA draft and graduation.
Coach Billy Kennedy was not available immediately after the game.
"Starks is a great player," Few said.
The Aggies were hit by shots in the 30 percent range for most of the game, although a late scoring blast allowed them to finish with 41.5 percent. Gonzaga shot 49 percent.
Neither team fired well at the beginning, and Gonzaga led 16-14 with 11 minutes left in the first.
The Aggies tied the score at 28, but Gonzaga left with a 15-5 run in the final five minutes, including a pair of triple from Norvell, to take a 43-33 lead at halftime. Hachimura and Norvell scored 13 points each in the first, while Texas A & M maintained 36 percent of the shots.
Gonzaga opened the second half with a 14-4 run to build a 57-37 lead. The Bulldogs resisted the Aggies after that.
Texas A & M won the only other meeting between the programs, in 2015.
The Bulldogs never lost the game, and led up to 34 points in the second half.
Corey Kispert and Clarke each recorded three blocks for Gonzaga.
Texas A & M: The Aggies are the first SEC team to visit the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Aggies played without senior guard Admon Gilder, who has a knee injury.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs played without star forward Killian Tillie, who will miss most of the season without a conference due to an ankle injury. The Zags took third place in the pre-season poll, the highest in its history.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Texas A & M plays in Minnesota on Sunday.
Gonzaga plays against Illinois at the Maui Clbadic on Monday. Few said he intends to take each of his players to the Maui tournament at least once in his career. "Maui is the best tournament there is," Few said. "It's an incredible experience."
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