Gonzaga-Portland: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ victory over the Pilots
Jan. 2, 2020 Updated Thu., Jan. 2, 2020 at 10:26 p.m.
Killian Tillie had a quiet first half, but he heated up in the second, scoring 18 of his game-high 22 points to help the Zags rally past Portland. The senior forward made 8 of 12 second-half shots, including a pair of 3s to put Gonzaga on top 67-55.
This wasn’t Gonzaga’s finest defensive night, but we’ll give the nod to Ryan Woolridge. Portland’s guards stung GU in the first half, but Woolridge and his backcourt teammates did a better job defending in the second half. Woolridge grabbed seven rebounds, second only to Filip Petrusev’s eight, and added a steal and block in the second half.
Gonzaga trailed 47-39 before ripping off a 20-2 run early in the second half. Woolridge had a tip-in and a 3-pointer and Tillie added a putback, steal and dunk. Tillie’s layup off a high-low feed from Petrusev put Gonzaga up 59-49.
Gonzaga forward Anton Watson, right reaches for a rebound over Portland guards Chase Adams and Isaiah White during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (Steve Dipaola / AP)
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