SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) -- Ronny Turiaf scored 21 points and Cory Violette sparked a key first-half run as No. 21 Gonzaga rolled to a 90-58 victory over Denver.
Violette's three-point play triggered a 14-3 tear that gave Gonzaga a 45-35 halftime cushion. Tony Skinner had five straight points to start an 18-4 run that featured a huge slam from Violette that gave the Bulldogs a 65-45 cushion midway through the second half.
Turiaf, who played only five minutes in the opener due to a stress fracture in his right foot, had his second straight solid effort. He collected 18 points and nine rebounds in Friday's rout of Idaho.
Blake Stepp, who had 13 assists in his last outing, netted 14 points and seven assists for Gonzaga (2-1). Freshman Adam Morrison continued his impressive start to his career with 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs held a 42-28 edge on the glass.
Turiaf and Violette combined to make 12-of-24 shots and get Denver's frontcourt in foul trouble. Brett Starkey fouled out and two other Pioneers finished with four fouls.
Gonzaga turned up the defense in the second half, limiting Denver to 37 percent (7-of-19) shooting. The Pioneers led by as many as nine points in the first half and shot 52 percent (14-of-27).
"I was really happy the way we came out tonight," Denver coach Terry Carroll said. "Our foul problems and inability to rebound the basketball allowed Gonzaga to take control of the game. We showed signs tonight of what kind of basketball team we can be."
The Bulldogs played without guard Erroll Knight, who rested an ankle injury. Derek Raivio netted five points in 12 minutes off the bench.
Zeljko Zupic and Erik Benzel each scored 13 points to lead Denver, which also hurt itself by missing 14-of-23 foul shots.