Strawther has 40, No. 14 Gonzaga downs Portland 82-67

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Julian Strawther had a career-high 40 factors, together with eight 3-pointers, and No. 14 Gonzaga pulled away down the stretch for an 82-67 victory over Portland on Saturday.

Anton Watson added 17 factors for Gonzaga (18-4, 7-1 West Coast Convention). It was the Bulldogs’ sixteenth consecutive victory over the Pilots, together with a 115-75 win on Jan. 14 in Spokane.

Strawther is the primary participant to succeed in 40 factors for the Zags since Kyle Wiltjer had 45 in opposition to Pacific in 2016.

Portland (11-13, 3-5) was led by Moses Wooden with 19 factors. The Pilots had been resilient, reducing the margin to 56-54 after Juan Sebastian Gorosito hit a pair of 3-pointers. However Strawther answered with a 3 to maintain the Pilots at bay with 8:28 to go. Gorosito, a freshman, completed with a career-high 17 factors.

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 had been coming off a 99-90 victory at Pacific led by Drew Timme, who had 38 factors, together with 24 within the second half. The rebound victory got here after Gonzaga misplaced 68-67 to unranked Loyola Marymount, snapping a 75-game successful streak at dwelling.

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

Strawther’s 3-pointer gave Gonzaga a 17-10 result in begin the sport. However Moses Wooden made a layup and a 3 to drag the Pilots inside 24-21.

Strawther’s 3 snapped a five-minute scoring drought for the Zags to make it 27-21. Portland followers had been on their toes when Gorosito hit a 3 that closed the hole once more, 29-27, with 3:53 left within the first half.

Portland by no means obtained nearer and Gonzaga led 35-29 at halftime led by Strawther, who had 17 factors, together with 5 3-pointers to match his profession excessive set earlier this season.

Wooden, the Pilots’ main scorer, pulled Portland inside 39-37 with 16:55 left within the sport.


Gonzaga: Mark Few is 42-2 in opposition to Portland as coach of the Bulldogs. … Gonzaga has received 55 of the group’s final 58 WCC video games. … Timme continues to shut in on Gonzaga’s all-time profession scoring document of two,196 factors set by Frank Burgess in 1961. Timme has 1,992.

Portland: The final Portland win within the sequence was an 82-73 victory on the Chiles Heart on Jan. 9, 2014. … It’s the 173rd assembly between the 2 groups.


Gonzaga: Hosts Santa Clara on Thursday evening.

Portland: Visits San Diego on Thursday evening.


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