College basketball: Zach Norvell helps No. 5 Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount
Zach Norvell Jr. scored 17 points and No. 5 Gonzaga used a stout defense to beat Loyola Marymount 73-55 on Thursday night, the eighth consecutive win for the Bulldogs since a pair of losses knocked them out of the top spot in The AP Top 25.
Brandon Clarke added 13 points, Corey Kispert 12 and Rui Hachimura 10 for Gonzaga (17-2, 4-0 West Coast), which beat Loyola Marymount for the 20th straight time. The Zags have won 18 straight games at home.
James Batemon led Loyola Marymount (13-5, 1-3) with 12 points.
Loyola used a slow-down offense and stingy defense to keep the scoring low, and it mostly accomplished that goal.
No. 6 Michigan State 70, at Nebraska 64: Cassius Winston scored a career-high 29 points, Nick Ward added 15 and Michigan State pulled away from Nebraska.
Michigan State (16-2, 7-0) relied on tough defense to extend its school-record Big Ten winning streak to 19 games. The Cornhuskers (13-5, 3-4) had their school-record 20-game home win streak end.
The Spartans led by 12 points in the final 2 minutes, but Nebraska cut the lead to four twice before Matt McQuaid made a pair of free throws for his first points with 14.2 seconds to put the game away.
Nebraska shot a season-low 32.8 percent and was just 5 of 26 on 3-pointers, 1 of 12 in the second half. James Palmer, who led Nebraska with 24 points, struggled mightily from the field, going 6 of 21.
Hawaii 84, at Cal State Northridge 79: Eddie Stansberry scored 25 points and Hawaii held on to beat Northridge. Stansberry was eight-of-15 shooting, making four three-pointers, and had three steals.
at Cal State Fullerton 69, UC Riverside 61: Kyle Allman Jr. scored 21 points to lead Fullerton to its first Big West Conference win. Allman was seven of 11 from the field and made four three-pointers. Fullerton (5-12, 1-2) shot 50% from the field.
UC Santa Barbara 69, at UC Davis 58: Ar’Mond Davis sank five three-pointers, scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds to power UC Santa Barbara to its sixth straight win. Davis made five of seven from beyond the arc to help the Gauchos (14-3, 3-0) shoot 46% from deep.
Brigham Young 87, at Pepperdine 76: TJ Haws scored a career high with 34 points and matched his best with eight assists and Brigham Young pulled away. There were 16 ties and 10 lead changes. Pepperdine’s last lead was 57-56 with 10:36 to go when Kameron Edwards converted a three-point play to cap a 6-0 run.
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