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No. 9 Zags Win 87-74 at UCLA

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Gonzaga's three game series against the Pac-12 ended with a convincing victory over one of college basketball's most storied programs.

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The Bruins began the first half in a zone, which Gonzaga had no problem shredding.

Kyle Wiltjer opened the game with nine points in the first six minutes. He and Byron Wesley combined for 23 first half points on 10-14 shooting.

UCLA's defense couldn't stop Gonzaga and their offense couldn't keep up. The Bruins made just four of their first 18 shots to start the game. Gonzaga held a 20-10 lead before the Bruins' offense started coming together.

Neither team managed to put together much of a run as tumbles and turnovers made for a sloppy half. Gonzaga in particular had a hard time keeping the ball. Three Zags slipped and fell on the same spot at the elbow during the first.

There was a scary moment for the Zags when Przemek Karnowski fell on defense and curled up on the floor. Replays showed it was just a knee to the stomach, and Karnowski only missed a few minutes of the game.

The Zags maintained a multi-possession down the stretch of the first half and opened it up a bit in the second. A Karnowski lay-up with 12:51 to play pushed the lead to a game high 17 points.

However, the Bruins wouldn't go away. Or, the Zags were unable to put another opponent away.

UCLA looked ready to pull a late game rally like it was March 2006. Gary Bell turned the ball over and Norman Powell took the ball down the court quickly in transition. Byron Wesley hustled back to block Powell's shot and keep Gonzaga's lead at ten points with 3:22 to play.

The Zags were unable to score from the field for the final 4:07 of the game but picked up 13 points from the line.

Four Zags scored in double figures, led by Kyle Wiltjer's game high 24 points. Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis added ten each. But it was Byron Wesley who had the best game.

The USC transfer's 20 points came on 7-8 shooting from the field. He had a game high nine rebounds to go along with four assists and two blocks.

Gonzaga improves to 9-1 on the season. The Zags have two very winnable non-conference games remaining before the start of West Coast Conference play.