No. 7/8 Zags Outlast San Diego to Open WCC 2-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Kyle Wiltjer scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half and No. 7 Gonzaga built a big enough lead to withstand a 7-minute scoring drought in the second half and beat San Diego 60-48 on Monday night.
Gonzaga (13-1, 2-0 West Coast Conference) won for the sixth time since its only loss, a 66-63 overtime defeat at Arizona on Dec. 6.
A year ago, the Toreros pulled off a 69-66 home upset of the Zags.
This time, Gonzaga's size and athleticism were too much for the Toreros (7-7, 0-2) to handle.
After Domantas Sabonis made two free throws with 8:42 left to give Gonzaga a 54-35 lead, the Bulldogs didn't score again for 7:05.
USD managed to close to 54-45 behind Johnny Dee, who is closing in on the school's career scoring record.
Gonzaga finally scored again when Byron Wesley made a layup with 1:37 left to make it 56-45.
The Bulldogs' biggest lead was 52-30 on Wesley's jumper with about 10 minutes left.
Wesley scored 12 points and Kevin Pangos had 10 for the Zags, held well below their average of 83.9 per game.
Dee scored 20 points to push his career total to 1,784, seven shy of breaking the school mark of 1,790 by Brandon Johnson from 2005-10.
Wiltjer scored eight points in the first 5 minutes to help Gonzaga to a 12-3 lead.
Gonzaga closed the first half on a 15-6 run to take a 35-20 lead. The Zags scored 10 straight at one point, with Sabonis making two baskets, Wesley converting a three-point play and Pangos hitting a 3-pointer.
Brett Bailey made a 3 with 38 seconds left for the Toreros, who had just 10 points in the last 9 minutes.
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