Gonzaga Shuts Down Portland, 81-57
Jan. 17, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University jumped on the University of Portland early and often in coasting to an 81-57 West Coast Conference men's basketball victory Wednesday in front of a sellout crowd of 4,000 in The Kennel.
The Bulldogs (11-5, 3-0) were making their WCC home debut after a Bay Area sweep last weekend. The Pilots (9-7, 2-1) were never in the contest in dropping their 11th straight game in Spokane and their ninth straight in the series. The teams will re-new the rivalry Saturday night in the Chiles Center in Portland in a 7 p.m. contest. Gonzaga and Pepperdine, who beat Loyola Marymount Wednesday night in their first of two rivalry meetings this week, are the only two remaining undefeated teams in the WCC at 3-0.
Gonzaga sprinted to a 29-4 lead 10 minutes into the contest as the Zags connected on 13 of their first 17 shots while the Pilots struggled with a 2-for-16 start from the field. Gonzaga also dominated the boards, holding a 13-2 advantage on the boards through the first 10 minutes.
The Bulldogs finished the first half hitting 18-of-31 from the field for 58.1 percent, then went 13-of-24 in the second half for 54.2 percent to finish the contest 31-of-55 for 56.4 percent. The Bulldogs were coming off Saturday's 64.3 percent night from the field in a 102-48 thrashing of Saint Mary's College. Gonzaga's biggest lead of the night was 38 points twice in the second half.
Portland went a chilly 4-for-28 from the field for 14.3 percent in the first half, but heated up to 44.4 percent in the second half in out-scoring the Bulldogs 40-34 to make the final score more respectable than the 47-17 halftime lead.
Four Gonzaga starters finished in double figures, led by the 17
points each from seniors Casey Calvary and Mark Spink. Spink posted his
second career double-double by adding a career-high 11 rebounds. Zach Gourde
scored 13 points, and Dan Dickau added 10.
Ryan Jones paced the Pilots with 15 points off then bench, and starting center Tim Frost and reserve guard Bryan Mills each contributed 11 points to the Portland cause.
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