Gonzaga Pulls Away from Portland to Stay Undefeated in WCC Play
Feb. 5, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Matt Bouldin scored 26 points and No. 18 Gonzaga pulled away from upstart Portland for a 93-78 victory on Thursday night.
Gonzaga (17-4, 8-0 West Coast Conference) won its ninth straight. It was the Bulldogs' 12th consecutive win over the Pilots (15-8, 6-2).
T.J. Campbell and Nik Raivio had 19 points each for Portland, which had won its last six games and could have gained a share of the conference lead with a victory.
Gonzaga led by as many as 15 points in the second half, but the Pilots briefly threatened by pulling within 79-73 on Ethan Niedermeyer's 3-pointer.
Austin Daye added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga defeated Portland 67-50 to open WCC play on Jan. 10. The Pilots had not lost since, including an 84-66 victory over then-No. 18 Saint Mary's on Saturday. It was Portland's first victory over a ranked opponent since 1981.
Raivio had 27 points against Saint Mary's. Against Gonzaga, 17 of his 19 points came in the first half.
Raivio is the younger brother of former Gonzaga guard Derek Raivio. Their father, Rick Raivio, remains Portland's all-time leader in rebounds and is fourth in scoring. He is a member of the school's basketball Hall of Fame.
It was short-lived, however, as Portland tied it again at 49 on Luke Sikma's 3-pointer and Robin Smeulders' free throws.
The Bulldogs went on an 11-3 run capped by Boudin's reverse layup that made it 60-52. Heytvelt punctuated the run by blocking Smeulders on the other end.
Smuelders had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Portland.
Gonzaga had five players in double figures, including Pargo with 22 and Heytvelt with 15.
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