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Final – Gonzaga 89, Duke 87: Brandon Clarke again with the massive block to seal the deal as Bulldog’s upset top-ranking Duke.
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0:30 – Gonzaga 89, Duke 87: Two missed free throws by Brandon Clarke, but the GU defense rises again to stop. 19659015] Rui Hachimura to the line but missing the first.
Timeout called by Gonzaga’s Mark Few.
0:30 – Gonzaga 89, Duke 87: Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke have been fantastic in color defensive for GU as a couple of blocks keep the blue devils away.
0:44 – Gonzaga 89, Duke 87: Three Jones with back-to-back floaters for Duke. The fast guard up to 17 points.
Something goes back inside Brandon Clarke, which gets dirty but just makes a free throw.
Zion Williamson and Rui Hachimura trade brackets to keep Zags up by a couple.  3:13 – Gonzaga 86, Duke 83: Exactly what the doctor ordered for Zags as Brandon Clarke gets the tough basket with foul.
True switches to a 3-2 zone to try to protect Rui Hachimura and Clarke from picking up their fifth mistakes.
3:42 – Gonzaga 83, Duke 81: Duke storms back with some strong defense and a few thundered punches, this time from RJ Barrett.
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Saga found early success in color and worked inside, something that they must come back to in those last minutes to close the profits.
5:35 – Gonzaga 81, Duke 75: Both teams now in the bonus, so this could come down to which teamwork from the strip.
Duke begins to look more confident at the offensive end, come to the bucket to either look for errors. 19659015] Brandon Clarke checks back to Gonzaga with four mistakes, but he can not stop Zion from throwing down a massive two-handed slam after an offensive board.
Williamson up to 20 points for Duke.
7:45 – Gonzaga 77, Duke 66: Gonzaga is keeping his distance from the blue devils, even with defensive stop Brandon Clarke on the bench.
Often comes the free kick more as the Duke begins to pick up the fouls. Freshman phenom Cam Reddish demanded his fourth foul when he went to the bench.
Zion Williamson up to 16 points for Duke, already in the double bonus.
10:05 – Gonzaga 75, Duke 63: Zach Norvell Jr. and Rui Hachimura fights for the tournament MVP honors if Gonzaga continues to win this. Snacks up to 16 points, including 4 out of 5 from 3-point ranges, while Rui has 16 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Gonzaga’s shooting has come back to Earth a little this half (57.9 percent), but the Blue Devils only hit 38.9 percent of their shot this half.
11:25 – Gonzaga 70, Duke 59: Brandon Clarke shows again his skill on the defensive side of the ball. San Jose State transfers with two blocks and a forced trip on a possession.
Filip Petrusev the fourth saw in duplicate numbers. Freshman Center has 11 points on 5 out of 7 shooting.
Zion Williamson matches Clarke on the dunk front when the couple dominates defense in the color.
Josh Perkins (7 points, 7 assistants) spikes a big trip for GU to take the lead back to double figures, but Clarke takes his fourth foul on the next possession and has to go to the bench.
15:44 – Gonzaga 61, Duke 47: This is coming soon when Gonzaga exposes the light from Lahaina Civic Center.
Zags opens the second half that makes their first six shots from the floor.
In the meantime, the cover becomes narrower for Duke. A regular light slurry from Zion Williamson will not go down – a pretty good description of how the game has been performing for top rated Blue Devils.
A trio of Gonzaga players now in double figures (Rui Hachimura 14, Zach Norvell Jr. 13 and Brandon Clarke 11).
A large Zion block leads to a Three Jones bucket that goes into the media crash, but there is still a big mountain to climb if Duke wants to come back to this.
Half-time – Gonzaga 47, Duke 39: Scary moment for Bulldogs as Rui Hachimura hits his head hard on the floor. Looks like he will be good but as he stays in the game.
Josh Perkins combines Bulldogs offensive with a pair of 3 pointers. RJ Barrett answers his own triple for the blue devils.
Duke did not run for more than 18 seconds in any game this season. GU has led almost from the beginning of this. The best half of basketball Gonzaga has been playing for a very long time.
Slightly hit at the end of the half when Tre Jones hits a buzzer-striking 3 pointer for Duke to cut GU’s lead to single numbers.
GU shot 64.5 percent in total and 60 percent from deep in first half, while duke held 44.1 percent in total and 42.9 from 3 point range.
Duke won the battle on the boards (17-15), while Gonzaga has ejected eight help to the five of the Duke.
Brandon Clarke and Corey Kispert with two mistakes for Gonzaga in the first half.
Hachimura leads all scorers by 12 points. Barrett with 11 for Duke
3:56 – Gonzaga 42, Duke 31: Rui Hachimura the first player in duplicate. Gonzaga junior forward uses a strong move in the basket of bucket and foul.
Zion Williamson also in double figures for the Blue Devils by 10 points.
Filip Petrusev has silenced a star game for the bulldogs with seven points, while Zach Norvell Jr. has 10.
Gonzaga flies around in this and Duke looks a bit lackadaisical and forces Coach K to call a timeout.
Bulldogs also shoot 72 percent from the floor, a state that is almost impossible for any team to try to stop.
7: 34- Gonzaga 31, Duke 25: Bulldogs shoot 68.4 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent from the depths. Total change from the first half match that Bulldogs had in their first two matches in the tournament.
Duke shot 45.5 percent, but Blue Devils is being helped by seven offensive rebounds and a 6-0 advantage on second chance points.
Turnover begins to start stacking for both teams (five) while Gonzaga approaches flawless problems than the blue devils (6-3)
Zion Williamson and Rui Hachimura have some fun battles at both ends of the floor, but GU struggles a bit to protect the big man when Rui turns off. Williamson has eight points, while Duke’s second standout freshman, RJ Barrett (six points) and Cam Reddish (two points) still have not found a sense of the game.
Still an early theme for big men joining deep Gonzaga Filip Petrusev drains a straight away triple.
11: 39- Gonzaga 22, Duke 18: After a hot night shoot on Tuesday against Arizona, Zach meets Norvell Jr. his first two 3 pointers of the game for Gonzaga. He has six early points.
Duke appeared to have a new slide to add his top roll, but the backup keeper Tre Jones lacks a transition dunk, leading to a dirty layup from Brandon Clarke. The big man is up to nine points.
Zion Williamson shows that he is more than a dunk machine with a nice baseline spin and points at Rui Hachimura. Next possession, Corey Kispert gets a balance and draws a cheap foul. Williamson with six points and three rebounds.
15: 24- Duke 12, Gonzaga 10: Gonzaga knows it from the outset when Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke join 3-point ranges.
At the other end of the floor, Duke Zion Williamson has a quick four points, because the blue skies have interior size and speed that GU has not met this season.
Both crimes have little trouble to do at the beginning, especially Clarke. GU-big man with a massive swat on Williamson, followed by a tear in the other end of the court. He has five points, like Hachimura.
Not sure that this will be a low-scorecard if the opening minutes are any indication.
Rui Hachimura scored 24 points, Zach Norvell Jr. made 20 and no. 3 Gonzaga won a place in the Maui Invitational title game with a 91-74 victory over Arizona Tuesday night.
Gonzaga (5-0) was invisible late in the first half after a good start and ended up in an eight-point hole.
The Lahaina Civic Center turned into Kennel West early in the second, cheers grow higher with each basket during a 15-2 run that put them up 56-53.
Two-hour Maui champion Arizona (4-1) was struck back to keep it close, but only for a while. Gonzaga went on another run, drove the line 79-67, holding Wildcats from there.
Sure will meet five-hour Maui champion and top ranked Duke in Wednesday’s title game.
Justin Coleman had 28 points for Arizona, which had three aids on 21 goals for goals. – Associated Press