Gonzaga Routs Portland, 81-57
PORTLAND, Ore. - Gonzaga University won its ninth straight game from the University of Portland over the past four years, and the Bulldogs captured their eighth straight victory of the season with an 81-57 West Coast Conference victory at the Chiles Center Saturday.
The victory kept the Bulldogs' record unblemished in six WCC outings this season and set up Thursday's showdown in Spokane against Pepperdine, also 6-0, for the WCC lead. Gonzaga is 16-5 overall, while Portland fell to 7-12.
The Bulldogs got out of the gates quickly in the opening 20 minutes, racing to a 10-0 lead 4:09 seconds into the contest. Casey Calvary scored the game's first three points, converting a hook shot on the Bulldogs' opening-tip possession and seconds later making 1-of-2 free throws. Richie Frahm drilled a 17-footer for the first of his 11 first-half points and the Bulldogs were off and running.
Matt Santangelo made the first of 7 first-half treys for the Bulldogs and Calvary followed with a jump hook for the 10-2 advantage.
Portland got on the board at the 15:21 mark when Travis Andrews nailed a 3-pointer from the left top of the key. Frahm countered with a fast break dunk, and Andrews hit another 3-pointer from the top of the key for cut the Bulldogs lead to 12-6 with 14:36 to play in the half.
Gonzaga went on an 18-2 run over the next 6:24 to build a 30-8 lead with 7:40 to play in the half. Frahm started the rally with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, Mark Spink got a layin and Bryan Mills of the Pilots interrupted the spurt with a layin. But Gonzaga scored the next 13 points as Zach Gourde scored all 8 of his first-half points in a span of 3:34.
The 26-point halftime lead was the biggest of the season for Gonzaga, who led the University of Texas-Pan American 48-25.
Gonzaga shot 60.7 percent from the field in the opening half, connecting on 17-of-28. The Bulldogs were also 7-12 from 3-point range. Portland, meanwhile, shot a chilly 28.6 percent on 8-of-28, including 2-of-90 from beyond the arc.
In contrast the Wednesday when the Bulldogs used a strong inside game to defeat the Pilots, the perimeter game was the key Saturday. Frahm had a game-high 18 points on a 7-of-11 night from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Hew also grabbed a game-high 7 rebounds. Santangelo scored 15 points on a 5-for-10 night from the field, 3-for-5 from 3-point range and dished out 7 assists. Ryan Floyd came off the bench with 10 points.
In Wednesday's victory, Dench scored 13 of his 28 points in the second half, and Calvary had 16 points and Gonzaga flexed its inside muscle. Saturday, Dench scored 2 points and Calvary 9.
Gonzaga cooled off slightly from the field in the second half, going 14-of-31 for 45.2 percent to finish the game 31-for-59 for 52.5 percent. Portland went 21-of-61 for 34.4 percent.
Ryan Jones, who went 11-for-16 from the field for a career-high 27 points Wednesday, led the Pilots with 11 points but hit just 5-of-17 shots. He was the only Pilot in double figures.
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