Playing its third-consecutive game on the road and seventh in the last nine games, the No. 25 Gonzaga University basketball team was forced into overtime by lowly Loyola Marymount before the Bulldogs prevailed 91-82 at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles.
The Bulldogs (17-3, 7-1 WCC) outscored the Lions 16-7 in overtime and Haiden Palmer scored a career-high 32 points to lead Gonzaga’s seventh-straight win.
Shelby Chezlek rebounded a missed free throw and scored to give Gonzaga a 73-72 lead with 30 seconds remaining and Sunny Greinacher added two free throws to make it a three-point game with 4.2 seconds left.
But guard Danielle Walter fouled Deanna Johnson as she let a 3-pointer fly with 0.6 left. Johnson swished all three free throws and sent the Zags to their second overtime game of the season.
Greinacher had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga.
Gonzaga made 12 of 13 free throws in overtime.
Junior point guard Walter was the one called upon the most, making seven of eight free throws.
Palmer hit a jumper to start the overtime and the Zags did not relinquish the lead.
Johnson finished with a career-high 25 points for Loyola Marymount, which fell to 5-14, 2-6 in the conference.
Idaho 58, Grand Canyon 54: The Vandals scored the game’s final seven points to defeat the Antelopes at Moscow.
Idaho (14-7, 7-0 WAC) trailed by three points with 2:23 left. Senior Addie Schivo evened the score at 54-all with a 3-pointer off a fast break led by sophomore Ali Forde.
Stacey Barr gave the Vandals the lead with a layup with 52 seconds remaining. After both teams had empty possessions, Grand Canyon called timeout prior to an inbounds play with 3 seconds left. Forde stole the ball after the inbounds pass and got the ball to Barr, who was fouled. She made both free throws for the final margin.
The Vandals are 7-0 in conference play for the first time since the 1981-82 season. They are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, their longest since the 2003-04 season.
Idaho’s Alyssa Charlston had her fifth double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and adding 13 rebounds.
Forde played another tough game inside for the Vandals. The sophomore tied her career high with 15 rebounds. She added eight points, three blocks and a season-high four steals in 36 minutes.