SAN FRANCISCO (AP) When it was all said and done and No. 5 Gonzaga came out with the victory, the Bulldogs were happy to have survived a tough test after so many laughers in a row.
Brandon Clarke scored 24 points and Gonzaga got a tiebreaking 3-pointer from Zach Norvell Jr. with less than three minutes remaining as part of a game-ending 17-2 run that led to a 96-83 victory over San Francisco on Saturday night.
"It was big time," said point guard Josh Perkins, who scored all 16 of his points in the second half. "We know coming in, we're going to get every team's best. For us to execute like that down the stretch, there's nothing better. To have those tests like that prepare us for big games in the future. That's a big-time team."