Robert Sacre scored 15 points and No. 19 Gonzaga beat winless Western Michigan 78-58 on Saturday.
Sam Dower added 15 points off the bench for Gonzaga (4-0), which was playing its annual game in the off-campus Spokane Arena.
Western Michigan (0-6), coming off an 80-37 loss to Purdue, has all six of its losses on the road. The Broncos were picked to win the Mid-American Conference West division. They were led by 11 points from Matt Stainbrook.
This is the first meeting between the teams, and Gonzaga never trailed in the game.
Gonzaga led by eight at halftime, and outscored the Broncos 16-6 in the early going in the second half. Three straight baskets by Sacre and a layup by Kevin Pangos pushed the lead to 52-34 with 12:20 left.
Elias Harris hit a pair of 3-pointers and a steal and basket to push the lead to 22 points at 65-43.
In the first half, Gonzaga made eight of its first 12 shots in jumping to a 20-11 lead. The Broncos made just 5 of 15 shots in that stretch. Western Michi...