There wasn’t a great deal of suspense in this one but Gonzaga removed any lingering doubt with a 16-4 run that bumped its lead to 24-10 midway through the first half. Rui Hachimura had two buckets and Corey Kispert added five points. Josh Perkins’ 3-pointer capped the spurt.
Offensive player of the game
Senior guard Silas Melson, a Portland native, had a career night. He made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-best 23 points. He stung the Pilots with 7-of-12 shooting beyond the arc. He had three assists and didn’t commit a turnover in 30 minutes.
Defensive player of the game
Sophomore forward Killian Tillie came up with four defensive rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Portland’s starting frontcourt of Philipp Hartwich and Tahirou Diabate combined for just one field goal.
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