Brandon Clarke had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots as No. 3 Gonzaga beat Texas Southern 104-67 on Saturday night.

Josh Perkins added 19 points and 11 assists for Gonzaga (2-0), which had little trouble handling the Tigers. Rui Hachimura added 17 points in 20 minutes after battling foul trouble for most of the first half.

Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr., left, shoots while defended by Texas Southern forward Devocio Butler (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr., left, shoots while defended by Texas Southern forward Devocio Butler (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Trayvon Reed had 14 points and 16 rebounds for Texas Southern (1-1).

The Tigers kept the game close early, but lost control toward the end of the first half.

Texas Southern center Trayvon Reed (5) shoots while defended by Gonzaga forward Filip Petrusev during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Texas Southern center Trayvon Reed (5) shoots while defended by Gonzaga forward Filip Petrusev during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Clarke’s defense threw the Tiger offense out of rhythm and Gonzaga used a 16-3 in the second quarter to build a 46-24 halftime lead.

Texas Southern failed to get anything going in the second half against an amped up Gonzaga defense.

Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke (15) shoots in front of Texas Southern center Trayvon Reed (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke (15) shoots in front of Texas Southern center Trayvon Reed (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: The Zags will face their first test of the young season when they host Texas A&M on Thursday. While not being ranked, the Aggies have made noise in the NCAA tournament two out of the last three seasons under coach Billy Kennedy. … Gonzaga continues to play without star forward Killian Tillie, who is out for eight weeks with an ankle injury.

Texas Southern guard Jalyn Patterson (3) shoots in front of Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins (13) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Texas Southern guard Jalyn Patterson (3) shoots in front of Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins (13) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Texas Southern: After snapping Baylor’s 56-game winning streak over the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 72-69 win, the Tigers disappointed against the third-ranked team in the country. … Texas Southern has two days of rest before taking on a tough Iowa State team on Monday.

UP NEXT

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few, right, directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Southern in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few, right, directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Southern in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Texas Southern plays Iowa State on Monday.

Gonzaga plays host to Texas A&M on Thursday.

Texas Southern head coach Johnny Jones, right, speaks with forward Jeremy Combs (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Texas Southern head coach Johnny Jones, right, speaks with forward Jeremy Combs (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

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Source: The Associated Press

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