NCAAB Game Recap - Gonzaga at Portland
Thu Jan 2, 2020 10:00 PM EST

Gonz
85
Portl
72
F
Oreg
65
Colora
74
F
Ill
56
MSU
76
F
Dayt
84
LaSal
58
F
UTEP
67
FlInt
69
F
SFA
82
SeLA
71
F
StFPA
63
Bry
67
F
Lib
59
FlGlf
46
F
Colum
72
Maine
75
F(OT)
JMU
64
UNCW
60
F
Wagn
66
MtStM
47
F
StLou
59
Duques
73
F
GASt
69
App
60
F
Jacksn
57
N AL
62
F
N TX
84
W Ky
93
F
NFla
76
KennSt
57
F
Longw
67
Winth
91
F
Ford
46
VACom
64
F
Lipsco
66
Stetsn
63
F
StJos
52
Rich
84
F
Minn
78
Purd
83
F(2OT)
UNCA
77
Presb
79
F
MidTN
60
OlDom
70
F
Elon
68
NE
77
F
UAB
44
Charl
51
F
Leh
58
Navy
64
F
Rice
69
Marsh
89
F
HolyC
70
LoyMD
80
F
W&M
88
Hof
61
F
TexSA
64
FlAtl
79
F
Vermt
77
Dart
68
F
Amer
51
Colg
65
F
GaSo
70
CoCar
67
F
Tows
69
Charl
81
F
GWebb
67
Campbl
65
F
Army
65
Buck
67
F
URI
75
Brown
85
F
Lafy
72
Boston
73
F
SamH
94
McNee
75
F
TxSt
68
ArkLR
72
F
(N/A)
65
SacHr
57
F
FaDi
63
StFNY
79
F
TNTec
59
E KY
74
F
USC-Up
75
ChaSo
89
F
RobM
89
CenCT
78
F
TexAr
73
ArkSt
52
F
NWSt
62
TXAMC
67
F
SthAL
60
ULLa
57
F
InWor
60
Nich
76
F
Lamar
74
NOrl
67
F
Troy
63
ULMo
79
F
Seatt
86
UMKC
90
F(3OT)
CenAR
107
HBU
111
F(OT)
UtVal
94
ChiSt
73
F
TN-M
76
Murr
89
F
SIU-E
79
Belm
69
F
OrSt
69
Utah
81
F
E IL
79
TNSt
84
F
SEMO
63
APSU
78
F
Mont
60
S UT
58
F
MTSt
59
N CO
68
F
N DA
82
Denv
71
F
W IL
74
NDSt
94
F
JacSt
76
MorSt
72
F
Oral
79
SDSt
96
F
PorSt
61
Ida
72
F
(N/A)
66
UCSB
87
F
TexPA
67
CBap
76
F
UCLA
66
Wash
64
F
Pacif
59
Pepp
56
F
USD
58
LoyMa
64
F
USC
65
WaSt
56
F
Cal
52
Stan
68
F
StMar
69
USF
58
F

Gonzaga 85, Portland 72

Jan 2, 2020, 10:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(1) Gonzaga (15-1)

35

50

85

Portland (8-8)

42

30

72

Tillie scores 22, top-ranked Gonzaga downs Portland 85-72
Fri Jan 3, 2020 1:41 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Challenged by Portland to open conference play, top-ranked Gonzaga leaned on the experience and leadership of Killian Tillie.

Tillie had 22 points, Corey Kispert added 18 and the Bulldogs rallied from a second-half deficit to beat Portland 85-72 on Thursday night for their 12th straight victory over the Pilots.

"I tried to tell them, `We're good, we've been like that before. We've just got to answer. We have to get the crowd going and get ourselves going with hustle plays on the floor,"' Tillie said about his team falling behind at halftime. "And we did that."

The senior from France scored 18 points in the second half.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few said Tillie's leadership calms the team, even though Tillie has been slowed by injuries again this season. After the game, his left ankle was wrapped in ice.

"Tillie's leadership has been great," Few said. "He's really been fighting a lot of things, but his leadership has been spectacular, his toughness has been spectacular, and just his ability to calmly make plays."

Ryan Woolridge had 15 points for Gonzaga (15-1), which began West Coast Conference play with its seventh straight win. The Bulldogs' lone loss this season came in the Bahamas on Nov. 29 to Michigan.

It was the fifth consecutive loss for Portland (8-8, 0-1). JoJo Walker led the Pilots with 15 points.

The Bulldogs entered as the highest-scoring team in the nation, averaging 88.5 points per game, but the Pilots surprisingly took a 42-35 lead into halftime, stunning the sizable contingent of Zags fans at the Chiles Center.

A 16-0 run early in the second half gave the lead back to Gonzaga, which led by as many as 18.

"Obviously, they're the No. 1 team in the nation. Having the chance to host them in our building, (it was) a pretty special opportunity for us and I thought our guys in the first half did a great job of stepping up to the challenge," Portland coach Terry Porter said. "But in the second half they just turned it up, we just started getting loose with the ball, start turning over and some intangibles, some injured players, and that allowed them to get back in and allowed them to build a lead."

Gonzaga jumped out to an 18-7 lead early on Kispert's 3-pointer, but the Pilots closed the gap to 19-18 on Walker's 3.

Theo Akwuba's layup and consecutive baskets from Quincy Ferebee gave the Pilots a 24-21 lead with 8:43 left in the opening half.

Portland stretched it to 32-27 following Isaiah White's 3-pointer, and the Pilots' bench celebrated wildly when Walker's fast-break layup fell to make it 34-29.

The Pilots shot 6 of 8 on 3-pointers in the first half, while Gonzaga was 2 for 10 from the perimeter. The teams finished with eight 3-pointers apiece in the end.

The Bulldogs closed the gap early in the second half on Woolridge's layup and 3-pointer to pull to 47-46. Tillie's layup and dunk gave Gonzaga back the lead at 50-47. Tillie's free throws capped the 16-0 run, which made it 55-47.

Tillie's 3-pointer extended Gonzaga's lead to 67-55. Five Zags finished in double figures.

"Listen, Portland, they did a good job, man. They took it to us in every facet of the game," Few said. "They played harder than us, they were way tougher than we were, and they were executing better and stepping up and making tough shots and making free throws, and we weren't. They deserve a lot of credit for that."

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: Few has lost just twice to the Pilots. ... Kispert led all scorers at halftime with 11 points. ... The Bulldogs came in as the only team in the country with six players averaging in double figures. ... Gonzaga went 16-0 in conference play last season. ... Gonzaga alum and current Portland Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins was among the Bulldogs fans at the game. Afterward, the team applauded the crowd from the floor.

Portland: The Pilots' last win in the series was 82-73 on Jan. 9, 2014, in Portland. ... It was the first time a No. 1-ranked team has visited the Chiles Center, which opened in 1984. ... The Pilots have already bested the team's seven wins last season.

UP NEXT

Gonzaga: The Zags return home to play Pepperdine on Saturday.

Portland: The Pilots host San Francisco on Saturday.

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Leaders

Gonzaga PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Tillie 22 0 1 2 3 1
C. Kispert 18 0 3 2 0 1
Portland PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
W. Watson 0 0 0 0 0 0
H. Hogland 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Gonz Portl
Points For 85 72
Field Goals 33/65-51% 29/56-52%
Three Pointers 8/25-32% 8/13-62%
Free Throws 11/23-48% 6/10-60%
Offensive Rebounds 14 8
Defensive Rebounds 22 25
Rebounds 39 38
Blocks 6 5
Steals 5 4
Turnovers 4 14
Personal Fouls 12 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Gonz Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Jan 2 Gonz 85 @ Portl 72 A. Gilder 1 T. Akwuba 2

Game Information

Stadium: Earle A. Chiles Center, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 4,633
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