SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Ronny Turiaf and Cory Violette had their way inside against Valparaiso.
Turiaf scored 15 points and Violette added 13 and 10 rebounds as No. 2 Gonzaga pulled away from the 15th-seeded Crusaders, 76-49, for their 21st straight win in a St. Louis Region first-round matchup.
Despite making just 2-of-11 shots, Blake Stepp contributed 13 points and nine assists and Adam Morrison chipped in 10 points off the bench for the Bulldogs (28-2), who have not lost since an 87-80 setback to Stanford on December 20.
"It's about as bad of a night of shooting that I've had all year, but we've got plenty of other guys that can score," said Stepp, who moved past John Stockton into second place on Gonzaga's all-time assists list.
"I thought Stepp ran the offense very well," Crusarders coach Homer Drew said. "They are just very mobile up and down the floor. I really have to compliment Gonzaga. They've got the seniors (who) do very well. Hopefully, they will go on and win the whole thing so we could say we lost to a national champion."
Gonzaga, which has won 17 straight games in the state of Washington, will meet Nevada in the second round on Saturday.
"It's great to be able to win and move home, that's the bottom line," Bulldogs coach Mark Few said. "It wasn't easy and we knew it wasn't going to be easy. One quality I so admire about Valparaiso is how hard they play, every position. They really challenge you, both offensively and defensively."
The game was tied, 17-17, midway through the first half before Gonzaga ran off 17 of the next 20 points over the next 7 1/2 minutes. The bulge was 36-25 at halftime, and Valparaiso got no closer than seven points before the Bulldogs ran away with it.
Joaquim Gomes scored 13 points and Jimmie Miles had 12 for the Crusaders (18-13), who had an early 10-3 lead before Gonzaga went on a 14-4 tear.
"When we had the lead at the beginning, we thought that we could play with them," Miles said. "We have played Cincinnati, Duke and Marquette, and we knew that tonight was going to be another tough match. We came out and played hard, and they came out sluggish. But after (the first) timeout, they came out strong and we weren't ready for them."
Violette made 6-of-11 shots and Turiaf 6-of-10 for Gonzaga, which connected at 54 percent (29-of-54) from the field. Valparaiso shot 29 percent (18-of-63).
"We struggled all year with shooting, and this is one thing our players will need to focus on - to become better shooters," Drew said. "We did not make shots, and when you don't make shots, it puts an added burden on your defense."
"Probably all night our defense was the most consistent," Few said. "We provided good help. By and large, we did a nice job and our zone was great tonight."
Gonzaga scored 22 points off 13 turnovers whle the Crusaders managed just six points off 15 giveaways.