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Gary Bell Jr. scores 20 and No. 20 Gonzaga uses big early charge to beat South Alabama 68-59

Gary Bell Jr. scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, helping No. 20 Gonzaga build a huge lead in the first 10 minutes on their way to a 68-59 victory over South Alabama on Saturday night at Seattle's KeyArena.

A few days after rallying from a double-digit deficit to win at West Virginia, it was the Bulldogs who had a significant chunk of their big lead evaporate only to hold on in the final minutes.

The Bulldogs raced to a 22-3 lead in the first 10 minutes behind nine early points from Bell. South Alabama got as close as eight in the second half, but the Bulldogs answered every surge by the scrappy Jaguars.

Augustine Rubit led South Alabama (5-5) with a career-high 35 points.