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Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie overcomes knock to head in style during win against Loyola Marymount

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie (33) hits a shot as teammate Josh Perkins (13) and Loyola Marymount players Joe Quintana (15) and Mikail Simmons (13) watch, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie (33) hits a shot as teammate Josh Perkins (13) and Loyola Marymount players Joe Quintana (15) and Mikail Simmons (13) watch, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Apparently Gonzaga’s concussion protocol involves knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers upon returning to the court.

Killian Tillie passed with flying colors.

Roughly five minutes into the second half of Gonzaga’s 76-46 win over Loyola Marymount on Thursday, Tillie chased after a loose ball that was lost between LMU’s shooters. Amidst the chaos, the sophomore forward fell on the ground and took a knee in the back of the head.

A media timeout was called, but Tillie remained on the floor still clutching the back of his head as trainers rushed to his side.

“I was kind of knocked for a couple of minutes,” Tillie said.

He was able to walk back to the bench and tried to shake it off, but he eventually gave in and followed a trainer back to the locker room.

The big man returned to the floor just three minutes later and hit just one of three from the free-throw line, but followed with back-to-back 3s that gave the Bulldogs a staggering 67-39 lead.

“I felt good,” Tillie said. “I’ll let the free throws go, but the 3-pointers were good.”

He left the court for the night not long after his last 3-pointer, but remained on the bench.

Tillie finished the game with 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field in 20 minutes. He had two makes in five attempts at the line and three rebounds.

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