SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) -- No. 17 Gonzaga took control quickly. It took a little longer for Blake Stepp to move into 10th place on its all-time scoring list.
Stepp scored all 23 points in the first half as the Bulldogs never trailed and rolled to a 92-50 West Coast Conference dismantling of San Francisco.
Stepp needed 19 points to tie Doug Spradley, who totaled 1,427 points from 1986-89. He made all nine of his first-half shots and moved into 10th place with a 3-pointer that gave the Bulldogs (13-3, 3-0 WCC) a 49-16 cushion with 2:06 remaining.
Playing its conference home opener in front of a raucous crowd at the Kennel, Gonzaga did not disappoint. Stepp scored 11 points as the Bulldogs bolted to an 18-9 lead just over seven minutes into the contest.
Gonzaga quickly turned the game into a rout and rested its starters for most of the second half en route to its 11th straight win in the series and 15th in a row over San Francisco (10-8, 0-2) in Spokane. The big first half allowed coach Mark Few to rest his starters for Saturday's home game against St. Mary's.
Stepp made five 3-pointers as the Bulldogs shot an amazing 71 percent (22-of-31) in the opening 20 minutes. They used runs of 17-0 and 33-2 to get rolling and scored the final 16 points before intermission, building a 55-16 cushion.
After posting relatively close wins at Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount, the Bulldogs had little problems winning their fifth in a row as Stepp remained hot in league play. In his three league games, he is shooting 67 percent (22-of-33).
The Dons, who are without injured all-WCC selection John Cox, did not place a player in double figures. They shot 26 percent (6-of-23) in the first half and 30 percent overall en route to their worst loss against Gonzaga.
Freshman Adam Morrison added 15 points and Cory Violette and Sean Mallon chipped in 14 for Gonzaga, which scored 90 or more points for the fourth time this season.
The Bulldogs only losses this season have been against St. Joseph's and Stanford, which are two of the four remaining unbeaten teams in Division I.