Strawther has 40, No. 14 Gonzaga defeats Portland 82-67

Strawther has 40, No. 14 Gonzaga defeats Portland 82-67

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Julian Strawther scored a career-high 40 points, including eight 3-pointers, and No. 14 Gonzaga pulled away for an 82-67 victory over Portland on Saturday.

Anton Watson added 17 points for Gonzaga (18-4, 7-1 West Coast Conference). It was the Bulldogs’ 16th straight win over the Pilots, including a 115-75 win on Jan. 14 in Spokane.

Strawther is the first player to reach 40 points for the Zags since Kyle Wiltjer scored 45 against Pacific in 2016.

Portland (11-13, 3-5) was led by Moses Wood with 19 points. The Pilots were resilient and cut the margin to 56-54 after Juan Sebastian Gorosito hit a pair of triples. But Strawther answered with a 3 to keep the Pilots at bay with 8:28 left. Gorosito, a freshman, finished with a career-high 17 points.

Strawther’s 3-pointer with 5:23 left gave the Zags a 69-59 lead when they retired. The Bulldogs led by as many as 16 down the stretch.

The Bulldogs were coming off a 99-90 win at Pacific led by Drew Timme, who had 38 points, including 24 in the second half. The bounce-back win came after Gonzaga lost 68-67 to unranked Loyola Marymount, snapping a 75-game winning streak at home.

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