Norvell leads No. 17 Gonzaga over Howard 106-69

Gonzaga coach Mark Few had seen Howard play well in losses to Indiana and George Washington this season, and was wary of the Bison shooters.

“We wanted to take away their 3s,” Few said, after No. 17 Gonzaga pounded Howard 106-69 on Tuesday night. “The guys did a good job of listening.”

The Bison made 8 of 25 from 3-point range, but shot just 30 percent for the game.

Freshman Zach Norvell Jr. scored 18 points and freshman Corey Kispert added 13 to lead five Bulldogs in double figures.

Johnathan Williams and Rui Hachimura each scored 12 points for Gonzaga (2-0), which last season won its first 29 games and lost in the NCAA championship game to North Carolina.

Gonzaga made 14 of 35 from 3-point range and outrebounded the smaller Bison 51-33. Gonzaga shot 57 percent for the game.

“They were playing zone,” Few said of the Bison. “We’ve got some guys who can shoot it. It was a good mix tonight.”

After a pair of blowout wins, Few said the schedule will get tougher when Utah State comes to town on Saturday.

“We’ll start ramping up the competition,” Few said.

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