Back with the game story from Portland State’s 77-70 upset over No. 7 Gonzaga at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Gonzaga couldn’t contain 5-foot-6 guard Jeremiah Dominguez, who had 25 points, made seven 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds. He added five assists.
Read on for the unedited game story.
As his team waited Monday night for a charter bus that was already an hour late, Portland State men’s basketball coach Ken Bone was roughly 20 minutes from calling Gonzaga officials and telling them that Tuesday’s game wasn’t meant to happen.
But the bus eventually came and, after roughly 10 hours on the road split over two days, the Vikings showed up. Gonzaga, not so much.
“We definitely got what we deserved,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
The Bulldogs (8-3) have dropped three of their last four games, but this one was different than falling to
“The wake-up call was against
“Last year we made it to the (NCAA) tournament and this year we beat a ranked team,” Dominguez said. “Our program is building and this is going to help a lot.”
The Vikings had 13 offensive rebounds, five of which led to 3-pointers, and built up a 27-5 edge in second-chance points.
“We just flat-out got manhandled by guys that are smaller than us,” Few said. “If you get beat on the glass like that and they’re making their 3s, which we talked about – our game plan was to keep them from shooting 3s and make them beat us with 2s – just a pretty poor job all the way across.”
The Vikings’ flight from
“We got our pre-game meal, went back to the hotel and I told the guys, ‘You have 30 minutes, change and we’ll meet you in ballroom and we’ll walk through their stuff,’ ” Bone said. “Maybe that’s the way to do it. Maybe that was a way not to fear a great team. We didn’t have time to think about it.”
Gonzaga had no such excuses. The Bulldogs returned from
“We knew they were a good team, but we were just taking it as if we knew we were going to get a win,” forward Austin Daye said. “That just shows what can happen.”
The Bulldogs got beat to loose balls, they missed layups and dunks, and they lost track of Dominguez and his teammates on the perimeter. PSU made 12 of 31 from long-distance.
The Vikings led by as many as nine in the first half before GU rallied within 38-37 at half. Gonzaga led 61-59 after Daye’s 4-footer with 6:10 remaining, but the Vikings responded with an 8-1 run. Dominguez chased down an offensive rebound and hit a 3-pointer, followed by Julius Thomas’ putback as PSU went in front 67-62.
Pargo’s three-point play gave Gonzaga its last lead, 69-67, with 2:16 left, but the Bulldogs scored just one more point – a Pargo free throw with 25.3 ticks remaining.
It was even at 69 when Dominguez drove and GU’s defense collapsed in the paint. He dished it out to Phil Nelson, who buried his only 3-pointer in six attempts, giving the Vikings a 72-69 lead. Dominic Waters’ two free throws helped seal the upset.
“We kind of brought it to them in the beginning and it kind of backed them off a little,” Dominguez said. “They started second-guessing themselves and they didn’t really take the shots they usually take.”
When Gonzaga tried to turn up the heat late,
“It’s embarrassing playing the way we did in the first half,” said guard Matt Bouldin, who had a team-high 18 points. “By the time we started bringing it, it was way too late.”
Gonzaga will take a few days off for the holiday break before returning to practice Saturday. The Bulldogs visit