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Gonzaga blasts Coppin State

Gonzaga coach Mark Few watches his team during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game against Loyola Marymount on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Las Vegas. Gonzaga won 66-48. Photo: Associated Press, KPUG/AP Photo/Isaac Brekken

Gonzaga blasts Coppin State

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gary Bell Jr. scored 15 points to lead No. 11 Gonzaga to an 86-51 victory over Coppin State on Sunday night.

Reserves Gerard Coleman added 14 and Kyle Dranginis 12 for Gonzaga (7-1), which posted its largest margin of victory this season.

Arnold Fripp and Sterling Smith had 10 points apiece for cold-shooting Coppin State (2-5), which lost to a ranked team for the second time in three nights following a 42-point defeat at Michigan.

Dranginis scored on a transition basket and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to spark a Gonzaga surge midway through the first half that put the Bulldogs ahead 27-7. The Eagles scored just a single field goal in a stretch of more than 11 minutes, missing 19 of their first 24 shots, and trailed 39-14 at halftime.

Sam Dower Jr. added 11 points and eight rebounds for Gonzaga.

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