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Bell leads No. 11 Gonzaga past Coppin St 86-51
December 1, 2013, 10:22 pm

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.

Coppin State made the first three field goals of the second half, with Fripp scoring a pair of baskets that got the Eagles within 20 points. But they soon lost ground as Gonzaga's first four baskets after halftime were 3-pointers, three of them by Bell.

Bell made four of nine shots from 3-point range as the Bulldogs shot 46 percent from beyond the arc and 50 percent overall, and outrebounded the visitors from Baltimore 45-32. Sam Dower Jr. and Przemek Karnowski grabbed eight rebounds apiece, with Dower adding 11 points.

Coppin State improved slightly in the second half to shoot 32 percent for the game. But the Eagles made just 2 of 18 from 3-point range.

Michael Murray, Coppin State's leading scorer and rebounder from last season, played in just his second game after being sidelined with a broken finger. He finished with eight points on 4-of-13 shooting.

The Bulldogs improved to 125-8 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since the building opened in 2004.

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