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Huff, Ike lead No. 7 Gonzaga past Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Braden Huff scored 19 points, Graham Ike added 17 points in 17 minutes, and No. 7 Gonzaga cruised past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 111-71 on Tuesday night.

Huff was named West Coast Conference freshman of the week after scoring 12 points in consecutive games last week, including Gonzaga’s 89-76 win over Southern California in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Five players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs and 11 total scored points as the Bulldogs (7-1) rolled to their fifth straight win since their lone loss against No. 2 Purdue at the Maui Invitational. Anton Watson finished with 15 points and Nolan Hickman added 13 as the Zags shot 57% and outscored the Golden Lions 60-8 in the paint.

Gonzaga led 32-4 after just eight minutes as it knocked down 14 of its first 18 shots while Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-6) missed its first 14 attempts.

Huff had 12 points and Ike had 11 in the first half as the duo combined to make 11 of 15 shots and staked the Zags to a 59-30 halftime lead.

The Golden Lions shot just 9 of 34 in the first half. Gonzaga led by as many as 49 in the second half.

Joe French led Arkansas-Pine Bluff with a season-high 26 points on eight 3s. Rashad Williams added 17 points and Kylen Milton scored 13.


Arkansas-Pine Bluff: The Golden Lions were picked to finish 10th in the SWAC’s preseason poll. They will play their third straight game against a Top 25 team on Saturday before getting into their conference schedule.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have won 10 consecutive home games since their NCAA-best 76-game home win streak was snapped on Jan. 20 by Loyola Marymount. Gonzaga has reached 100 points in three of its last four home games dating back to last season.


Arkansas-Pine Bluff: At No. 5 Connecticut on Saturday.

Gonzaga: At Washington on Saturday.


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