No. 11 Gonzaga Pounds Portland, 102-67
Jan 30, 2002
By JOHN K. WILEY
SPOKANE, Wash. - Dan Dickau, who was bothered by the flu, and Anthony Reason each scored 14 points to lead No. 11 Gonzaga to a 102-67 victory over Portland on Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs (19-3, 6-1 West Coast Conference) dominated the Pilots (5-16, 1-6) as four starters scored in double figures. Gonzaga outrebounded the Pilots 42-35 and outshot them from the field and free throw line.
It was a career high for Reason, a reserve, while Dickau was well off his 19.9 scoring average.
The Pilots, who last won at Gonzaga in 1990, were just 24-of-65 from the field (36.9 percent), while Gonzaga was 33-of-63 (52.4 percent) Gonzaga made 24 of 33 free throws, while Portland was 15-of-23.
Gonzaga went on a 27-11 run to close the first half after Portland got within 13-12. The Pilots were held scoreless for six minutes of the first half.
Gonzaga's Cory Violette scored nine points before leaving the game with a right ankle injury early in the second half. Ronny Turiaf came off the bench to score 12 points before injuring his left ankle midway through the second half.
Casey Frandsen led Portland with 15 points. Pilots center Coky Rochin scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half as Portland went inside to try to counter Gonzaga's defense.
Ghislain Sema had 13 points for Portland and Porter Troupe added 11. Patrick
Galos had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Pilots.
The Bulldogs won their 24th straight game in The Kennel, their 23 wins entering the contest knotting them for fourth on the current NCAA Division I home court win streak list.
The game was the opening of a home-and-home series. Gonzaga travels to Portland on Saturday for a game that is a sellout. The game will be televised in Spokane on PAX (UHF channel 34, AT&T Broadband Cable System channel 8) and on all Charter Communications Systems in Oregon. Charter Communications Systems is not available in Portland. The game will also be broadcast in Spokane on News Talk AM 1510 KGA.
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