GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Gonzaga 115, Portland 75

(AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Associated Press Writer

SPOKANE, Wash. - Malachi Smith led six teammates in double figures with his season high 27 points, seven 3-pointers and a team-leading eight rebounds, and No. 8 Gonzaga used a dominant first half to top Portland 115-75.

Gonzaga (16-3, 5-0 West Coast Conference) never trailed, racing out to a 40-14 lead with 7:00 left in the first half, igniting a raucous home crowd who cheered on the Bulldogs to their NCAA-best 75th straight home victory, and 15th straight win over Portland.

Gonzaga unleashed a barrage of 3s early on, knocking down six through the first 10 minutes while Portland (9-11, 1-4) shot 0-9 from behind the arc during that time. Portland cut the deficit to 17 with 5:16 left in the half, but the Bulldogs responded with a 19-3 run, and Gonzaga led 61-28 at half.

Drew Timme scored 18 for Gonzaga, Julian Strawther added 14 and seven rebounds while Nolan Hickman scored 13 and Anton Watson and Ben Gregg each added 12. Ten players scored for the Bulldogs who have now won 11 straight.

Moses Wood led the Pilots with 19 points, shooting six of 13, and Kristian Sjolund added 17 points and a team-leading 12 rebounds.

It was Gonzaga's third consecutive game scoring more than 100 points against Portland. The avalanche was fueled by a spectacular shooting performance which saw Gonzaga finish 56% from the field, hitting 17 3s at a 45% clip.

Portland turned the ball over 19 times, including 12 in the first half, leading to 37 points for the Bulldogs who gave it away just four times.

BIG PICTURE

The Zags have now won 11 straight following their loss to Baylor on Dec. 2 and remain atop the WCC standings.

Portland, following a 7-4 start, has now dropped seven of their last nine.

January 14, 2023


Portland
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Sjolund F 34 5-11 5-6 2-6 5-12 1 0 0 4 1 17
M. Wood F 29 6-13 3-4 4-9 1-7 0 1 1 1 1 19
A. Applewhite F 22 2-5 9-14 0-2 1-4 3 0 0 3 3 13
T. Robertson G 31 3-8 0-3 2-5 1-5 4 0 0 7 1 8
J. Perry G 23 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-1 2 0 0 1 1 0
J. Gorosito   26 2-7 2-2 2-7 0-2 2 0 0 2 2 8
C. Nduka   14 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 1 1 0
V. Vucinic   12 2-3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 4
J. St. Pierre   6 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 1
C. Lemke   4 2-3 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Totals   201 22-53
(.415)
20-32
(.625)
11-33
(.333)
11-36 13 1 1 19 12 75


Gonzaga
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Watson F 23 6-10 0-0 0-2 4-7 2 0 2 1 4 12
D. Timme F 21 7-10 4-5 0-1 0-1 2 0 0 0 2 18
R. Bolton G 27 3-8 0-0 2-4 1-3 3 0 3 1 1 8
N. Hickman G 25 5-8 0-0 3-6 0-2 2 0 1 0 2 13
J. Strawther G 25 5-11 2-3 2-7 1-7 0 0 1 0 3 14
M. Smith   24 9-13 2-2 7-10 1-8 5 0 2 1 2 27
H. Sallis   23 3-5 0-0 1-2 0-1 7 0 3 0 2 7
B. Gregg   15 5-7 0-0 2-4 3-4 1 3 0 0 3 12
D. Harris   7 0-3 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 1 2 0
E. Reid III   7 1-4 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 2
C. Brooks   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Eagle   1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Totals   199 45-80
(.563)
8-12
(.667)
17-38
(.447)
13-39 22 3 12 4 25 115
Officials: Mark Cook, Jimmy Casas, Travis Schatzman




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