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Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss, center, dribbles between Pacific guard T.J. Wallace, left, center Sami Eleraky, rear, and guard Max Tinsley (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Stockton , Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss, center, dribbles between Pacific guard T.J. Wallace, left, center Sami Eleraky, rear, and guard Max Tinsley (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Stockton , Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

The flu is making the rounds on the Gonzaga men’s basketball team.

Guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Josh Perkins still contributed despite being under the weather in the Zags’ 81-61 win over Pacific on Saturday in Stockton, California.

Junior center Ryan Edwards has had a bad case of the flu for several days. He didn’t attend Thursday’s 92-62 win over Pepperdine at the McCarthey Athletic Center and didn’t travel with the team to Pacific.

Williams-Goss posted Sunday on Twitter that was throwing up most of Saturday leading up to the game, accompanied by a picture of an IV in his arm.

He had a subpar performance, making 4 of 10 shots for nine points. It was just his second single-digit game of the season. He scored eight points against Quinnipiac in the Orlando tournament.

Williams-Goss played 32 minutes and contributed six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Perkins made three 3-pointers, two in an 11-0 second-half run that erased Pacific’s eight-point lead. He finished with nine points, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes.

Backcourt running mates Jordan Mathews and Silas Melson stepped up, combining for 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists. The pair made 6 of 11 3-pointers.

“We were down 42-34 when we started our comeback,” Mathews said. “Perk hit a couple of big 3s to get us going and Silas hit a big one.”

Gonzaga (14-0) also had an injury scare when freshman forward Killian Tillie took a hard fall on his hip/lower back in the first half. He left the game briefly, stretching near the bench and riding a stationary bike to stay loose.

Tillie returned to the court and and finished with two points, two boards and two blocks in 14 minutes.


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