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Happy homecoming for Silas Melson in Gonzaga’s win at Portland

Portland guard Jazz Johnson dives on the floor the ball as Gonzaga guard Silas Melson and forward Killian Tillie look on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Steve Dykes / Associated Press)

PORTLAND – Portland native Silas Melson is making a habit of playing well in front of family and friends.

The junior guard nailed a pair of 3-pointers en route to 12 points and four rebounds during Gonzaga’s 83-64 win over Portland. Melson scored 13 points in Gonzaga’s win at the Chiles Center last season.

“You have to take a mature approach to these homecoming games,” said Melson, who led Jefferson High to a pair of Oregon 5A State titles. “Stick to the program and stick to what we do best and not get too thirsty or too happy.”

Melson has made a major jump from last season in nearly every statistical category. He’s averaging 8.4 points. He’s shooting 45.7 percent, 36.9 percent on 3s, and 86 percent at the free-throw line. Last year he scored 6.6 points per game and made 38.4 percent from the field, 32.3 percent on 3s, and 76.9 percent at the foul line.

“Just great effort every night out,” Few said. “Our best perimeter defender and I think his offense is much better. He’s really having a heck of a year and been a real valuable piece for us.”