Gonzaga’s nine-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Saturday as Memphis dominated the first 32 minutes, building a 26-point lead before holding off a late GU rally for a 68-50 victory at the Arena.
No. 18 Gonzaga had eight field goals and 11 turnovers while falling behind 40-23 at halftime. The 14th-ranked Tigers continued to pull away in the second half with a 7-0 spurt hiking their lead to 60-34 with 8:38 left.
With starters Jeremy Pargo, Matt Bouldin and Austin Daye essentially relegated to the bench, the Bulldogs scored 13 unanswered points to close within 60-47 with 3:35 left. Ira Brown’s three-point play made it 62-50 with 1:26 left, but the Tigers hit their free throws to seal their fourth win over GU in four years.
Micah Downs led GU with 13 points and Josh Heytvelt had 11. Tyreke Evans, an impressive freshman point guard, had 22 and Robert Dozier added 18 for the Tigers.
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