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Gonzaga 82, Portland 67

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Julian Strawther had a career-high 40 points, including eight 3-pointers, and No. 14 Gonzaga pulled away down the stretch for an 82-67 victory over Portland.

Anton Watson added 17 points for Gonzaga (18-4, 7-1 West Coast Conference). It was the Bulldogs' 16th consecutive victory over the Pilots, including a 115-75 win on Jan. 14 in Spokane.

Strawther is the first player to reach 40 points for the Zags since Kyle Wiltjer had 45 against Pacific in 2016.

Portland (11-13, 3-5) was led by Moses Wood with 19 points. The Pilots were resilient, cutting the margin to 56-54 after Juan Sebastian Gorosito hit a pair of 3-pointers. But Strawther answered with a 3 to keep the Pilots at bay with 8:28 to go. Gorosito, a freshman, finished with a career-high 17 points.

Strawther's 3-pointer with 5:23 left gave the Zags a 69-59 lead as they pulled away. The Bulldogs led by as many as 16 down the stretch.

The Bulldogs were coming off a 99-90 victory at Pacific led by Drew Timme, who had 38 points, including 24 in the second half. The rebound victory came after Gonzaga lost 68-67 to unranked Loyola Marymount, snapping a 75-game winning streak at home.

The Pilots lost 79-60 to Loyola Marymount on Thursday.

Strawther's 3-pointer gave Gonzaga a 17-10 lead to start the game. But Moses Wood made a layup and a 3 to pull the Pilots within 24-21.

Strawther's 3 snapped a five-minute scoring drought for the Zags to make it 27-21. Portland fans were on their feet when Gorosito hit a 3 that closed the gap again, 29-27, with 3:53 left in the first half.

Portland never got closer and Gonzaga led 35-29 at halftime led by Strawther, who had 17 points, including five 3-pointers to match his career high set earlier this season.

Wood, the Pilots' leading scorer, pulled Portland within 39-37 with 16:55 left in the game.

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: Mark Few is 42-2 against Portland as coach of the Bulldogs. ... Gonzaga has won 55 of the team's last 58 WCC games. ... Timme continues to close in on Gonzaga's all-time career scoring record of 2,196 points set by Frank Burgess in 1961. Timme has 1,992.

Portland: The last Portland win in the series was an 82-73 victory at the Chiles Center on Jan. 9, 2014. ... It is the 173rd meeting between the two teams.

January 28, 2023


Gonzaga
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Watson F 37 6-10 4-8 1-2 2-5 4 0 3 1 1 17
D. Timme F 34 3-7 2-4 0-0 1-5 5 0 1 3 2 8
J. Strawther G 37 14-21 4-4 8-12 2-6 1 0 2 1 3 40
N. Hickman G 26 0-5 2-2 0-3 0-3 1 0 2 3 4 2
R. Bolton G 24 2-5 0-1 0-2 0-3 1 0 1 2 3 4
M. Smith   22 2-5 1-1 1-2 1-3 1 0 2 0 1 6
H. Sallis   11 2-2 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 5
B. Gregg   7 0-1 0-0 0-1 1-1 2 0 0 1 0 0
E. Reid III   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals   200 29-56
(.518)
13-20
(.650)
11-23
(.478)
10-30 15 0 11 13 14 82


Portland
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Wood F 33 7-11 0-0 5-8 0-4 0 1 0 4 4 19
C. Nduka F 28 2-3 0-2 1-1 1-4 0 0 1 4 4 5
K. Sjolund F 10 1-4 0-0 0-1 1-1 1 0 1 0 0 2
T. Robertson G 39 2-10 6-8 0-6 1-5 8 3 1 4 3 10
J. Gorosito G 34 5-9 3-3 4-6 0-4 2 0 1 3 3 17
M. Meadows   30 4-7 2-3 0-2 0-1 1 0 2 1 1 10
A. Applewhite   12 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 0 1 2
V. Vucinic   12 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 0 1 2
J. Perry   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Totals   201 23-48
(.479)
11-16
(.688)
10-24
(.417)
5-25 12 5 7 17 17 67
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