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No. 20/19 Gonzaga (10-3) vs. Pacific (5-8)
THURSDAY, DEC. 28 | 6 P.M. | SPOKANE | MCCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER

ABOUT THE SERIES
- This is the 14th all-time meeting between Gonzaga and Pacific.
- The Zags have won 12 of the previous 13 matchups in the series, including the last 10 meetings.
- GU has won all five meetings in Spokane, including all five inside the McCarthey Athletic Center.
- The Bulldogs are 10-0 against Pacific under Mark Few.
- The Tigers lone victory in the series came in Stockton in 1976, 70-60.
- The teams met three times last season, including an 82-50 Gonzaga win in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas on March 4. Jordan Mathews had 22 points and Nigel Williams-Goss had 20.
- The Zags led by two at halftime, before outscoring Pacific in the second half, 55-25. GU finished 54.9 percent from the field, after shooting 67.9 percent in the second half.
- The Bulldogs cruised to an 82-61 win in the meeting in Spokane on Feb. 18. Williams-Goss scored 18 points.
- Gonzaga rallied for an 81-61 win in Stockton last season on Dec. 31. Przemek Karnowski scored 19 points and fueled a big 25-4 run in the second half. Mathews added 16 points.
- The Zags edged Pacific, 85-83, in the first-ever meeting in Stockton on Feb. 5, 1959.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
- Pacific ended its non-conference schedule with a 104-65 loss at Arizona State on Dec. 22.
- Jack Williams and Miles Reynolds both scored 13 points to lead the Tigers. Williams added nine rebounds, while Jahlil Tripp pulled down 11 boards. Kendall Small dished out three assists and had two steals.
- Pacific outrebounded the No. 3/4 Sun Devils, 41-40, but ASU had 18 points off of the Tigers’ 14 turnovers. Arizona State also held Pacific to 36 percent from the field and 3-of-17 from behind-the-arc (17.6 percent).
- The Tigers’ Roberto Gallinat is averaging a team-high 13.7 points per game. Reynolds and Anthony Townes are adding 11.8 and 10.2 points per outing. Small and Williams chip in 9.5 points per game.
- Tripp averages a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game and has dished out a team-best 59 assists this season.
- Small is 46th in the country, and first in the West Coast Conference, averaging 2.08 steals per game.
- Pacific has won two of its six games away from Stockton, Calif., so far this season.

CONFERENCE OPENING SUCCESS
- Gonzaga has won 21 straight West Coast Conference openers, dating back to a 72-61 loss at Santa Clara in 1996.
- The Zags have won all 18 West Coast Conference openers under Mark Few.
- Gonzaga opened West Coast Conference play last season with a 92-62 home win over Pepperdine.

BEST IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
- The Zags have either shared or owned the West Coast Conference title outright in five straight season.
- Gonzaga has won 20 WCC titles in program history, 16 in the last 17 years, and 18 out of the last 20 years.
- Last season, the Bulldogs won WCC games by 26.2 points, which set a new league record, previously held by the 1990 LMU team that won its conference games by 21.0 points.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
- The Zags won their 10th game of the season against IUPUI on Dec. 18.
- It was the fourth time in the past five seasons Gonzaga has entered conference-play with at least 10 wins.
- It’s been seven seasons since the Bulldogs entered WCC action with more than three losses (10-5 in 2010-11).

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE
- Johnathan Williams posted back-to-back double-doubles against IUPUI and San Diego State.
- After scoring 17 points with 14 rebounds versus IUPUI, Williams scored 12 points and grabbed a season-high 15 boards at San Diego State.
- Williams has four double-doubles this season, including three in the last four games.
- The redshirt senior has 17 double-doubles in his career.

BLOCK PARTY
- Gonzaga blocked 10 shots in the 72-70 setback at San Diego State.
- The program-record for blocked shots in a single game is 11, set five times including the latest versus Pepperdine in 2010.
- Killian Tillie and Johnathan Williams both finished with four blocks at SDSU.


 

 

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