San Francisco (14-2, 2-0) has emerged as Gonzaga’s primary challenger through the season’s first two months. The Dons have an opportunity to show they’re more than just a contender while the fifth-ranked Zags (15-2, 2-0) can take a big step toward another conference championship in Saturday’s showdown.
Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins and San Francisco’s Frankie Ferrari have been going at it for years so Saturday’s showdown will be nothing new for the senior point guards.
Pacific was doing what it could to keep it competitive and frustrate Gonzaga. The Tigers ran time off the shot clock, hit just enough shots and did a nice job of clamping down on Gonzaga’s inside game.
The Pacific Tigers seemed to have one goal Thursday night – and it may not have been to come home with a win.
Key moment, offensive MVP and defensive MVP from Gonzaga’s 67-36 victory over Pacific at the McCarthey Athletic Center
Josh Perkins scored 14 points and added six assists as No. 5 Gonzaga used lock-down defense to thump Pacific 67-36 on Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Gonzaga’s last non-BYU/SMC setback was to San Diego, 69-66, on Feb. 22, 2014, at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Zags, including the WCC Tournament, have gone 84-6 since losing to the Toreros, including 18-6 vs. BYU/SMC and 66-0 against the rest of the conference.
Senior guard Roberto Gallinat doesn’t start and doesn’t play the most minutes, but he still leads Pacific in scoring.
Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura on Wednesday made two player of the year midseason watch lists. Hachimura is one of 25 players on the Wooden Award list and one of 30 candidates for the Lute Olson Award.
Week 1 reinforced the chatter about the WCC being much improved. It certainly didn’t diminish the possibility that the WCC might be the West’s best conference.
Conference play is taking a toll on several of college basketball’s top teams.Nevada dropped from the ranks of the unbeatens – only three remain – and Kansas lost for the second time, clearing the way for Gonzaga to move up two spots to No. 5 in AP poll.
Gonzaga filled up the stat sheet in Saturday’s 91-48 win over Santa Clara. If there was a feel-good column in the box score, the Zags would have stuffed it, too. It was that kind of night for the seventh-ranked Zags, soon to be No. 5 or No. 6 with Kansas and Nevada absorbing losses.