No. 17 Gonzaga Defeats Portland, 91-79
Jan. 29, 2005
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
SPOKANE, Wash. - J.P. Batista had 25 points and 12 rebounds and No. 17 Gonzaga held off stubborn Portland 91-79 on Saturday night.
Gonzaga (15-4, 5-2 West Coast Conference) made 34 of 39 free throws to withstand a second-half Portland rally in a game that was not decided until the final minutes.
Portland (13-9, 2-5), the last WCC team to beat Gonzaga at home, trailed by as many as 14 in the first half before taking the lead several times in the second half.
Pooh Jeter led the Pilots with 22 points, while Donald Wilson added 17 and Ben Sullivan had 12. The Pilots attempted only 12 free throws, making 10.
Gonzaga outrebounded the Pilots 42-22. The Bulldogs are 32-0 at home when ranked. They have won 20 home games in a row.
Trailing by six at halftime, Portland scored the first seven points of the second half, with Donald Wilson's two free throws giving the Pilots a 48-47 lead.
After Batista scored, Portland scored four more points for a 52-49 lead.
The teams traded the lead, mostly on free throws, repeatedly for the next 11 minutes.
Batista hit a pair of free throws and Adam Morrison a layup as Gonzaga built a 76-70 lead with 5:27 left.
Sullivan hit a 3-pointer, but Batista replied with a layup for a 78-73 Gonzaga lead.
Jeter hit a pair of 3-pointers to cut Gonzaga's lead to 82-79.
But Raivio sank two free throws, Portland turned over the ball and Morrison made them pay with a 3-pointer for an 87-79 Gonzaga lead with 1:50 left. The Pilots never threatened after that.
In the first half, Batista scored 11 points as Gonzaga jumped to a 22-14 lead. After Sullivan's 3-pointer for Portland, Gonzaga scored nine straight for a 31-17 lead. Jeremiah Dominquez' 3-pointer at the buzzer narrowed Gonzaga's lead to 47-41 at halftime.
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