Josh Perkins lobbed a pass up to his favorite high-flying target, Brandon Clarke, midway through the second half and a soft layup off the glass gave the redshirt senior the program record for most assists in a career. He passed Matt Santangelo, who held the record for 19 years.
Toss up between Rui Hachimura and Zach Norvell Jr., but we’ll give it to Norvell, the redshirt sophomore, who buried a flurry of shots in the first half that separated the Zags from the Waves for good. He finished with 21 points, four 3-pointers and four assists.
Clarke, who was named a semifinalist for the Naismith defensive player of the year award earlier Thursday, added five blocks and 11 rebounds to improve his chances for the honor. He blocked a shot against the backboard and pinned another between the board and the rim.
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