The fourth-ranked Zags have won 26 straight WCC road games, the longest active streak in the country, entering Saturday’s rematch against Santa Clara at the Leavey Center.
Trey Wertz, a 6-foot-5 freshman from Charlotte, has led the Broncos in assists in eight straight games.
The fourth-ranked Zags have three of the best forwards in college basketball. They saw court time together last week for the first time since Tillie’s return five games ago from ankle surgery in October.
Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke has been named to the midseason watch list for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Gonzaga took a step up in the rankings after a chaotic week for the best teams in college basketball.
Senior point guard Josh Perkins could end his Gonzaga career as the program’s all-time assists leader, but he doesn’t dish much on his health. In the second half of Saturday’s 89-66 win over Portland, Perkins took a couple of awkward steps after splitting two defenders while driving into the lane. He fell to the court and needed some extra time before standing up. He appeared to be hobbling a bit but stayed in the game.
The Zags didn’t have their A game on offense or defense, but they rated high in resourcefulness in a business-like 89-66 victory against Portland viewed by a full house of 4,852, roughly a 50-50 split between Zags and Pilots fans.
Key moment, offensive MVP and Defensive MVP from Gonzaga’s 89-66 victory over Portland at the Chiles Center in Portland
Tom Glasgow deserves some points for honesty. The veteran broadcaster, who handled the play-by-play chores on Saturday night’s Gonzaga contest, shown on KAYU in the Spokane area, was blunt before the game began.
Seven players scored in double figures, led by Rui Hachimura’s 17-point output, as No. 5 Gonzaga downed Portland 89-66 on Saturday at the Chiles Center.
Four games into the WCC season it’s apparent opponents are going deeper into the playbook when facing fifth-ranked Gonzaga.
Portland has struggled with consistency and rhythm offensively. That includes guard Marcus Shaver Jr., but the 6-foot-2 sophomore is trending up again.