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The list of serious tests No. 1 Gonzaga has faced this season begins with Iowa State and Florida State in Orlando in late November and Arizona, Akron and Tennessee in December. The list of tests in the WCC is topped by, wait for it … Pacific?
Pacific will be without guard T.J. Wallace (foot) in its rematch with Gonzaga, but sophomore wing Anthony Townes has emerged as a scoring option in the second half of the season.
This will be Gonzaga’s 12th matchup against Pacific
Never have consecutive 30-point and 20-point wins looked, well, less like 30-point and 20-point wins. The wake-up calls keep coming. It took Gonzaga a lot longer to answer the latest one. The seventh-ranked Zags slogged through the first 25 minutes and found themselves down by eight. A short time later, they were walking off the court with an 81-61 victory over stubborn Pacific on Saturday at the Spanos Center.
Jordan Mathews isn’t too caught up in Gonzaga’s unbeaten record, but he has been keeping a close eye on one of the other unblemished teams in college basketball. That would be younger brother Jonah, a freshman guard at USC. The Trojans were 14-0 before getting thumped by Oregon on Friday. The Ducks also knocked UCLA from the unbeaten ranks earlier in the week.
For the most part play-by-play man Greg Heister has grown into the role of traffic cop between his two partners, former Gonzaga players Richard Fox and Dan Dickau. And, if you listen carefully, you’ll realize he also shows more of an understanding of the game’s nuances than he’s given credit for over the years.
Laura Stockton has made that shot before. And surely will again. But not on Saturday afternoon.
Zags junior forward Johnathan Williams hit a rough patch recently, only reaching double figures once in the previous eight games. He broke out in a big way, pouring in 14 points in the final eight minutes as Gonzaga shook off a slow start to win 81-61 over the Pacific Tigers.
Meet Przemek Karnowski, point center. OK, that may be stretching the Zags center’s job description but he did a pretty fair job of distributing the ball, racking up seven of the team’s 22 assists in Gonzaga’s 81-61 win over Pacific on Saturday.
No. 7 Gonzaga (13-0) follows up Thursday’s rout over visiting Pepperdine with a trip to Stockton to face Pacific on Saturday, the first of GU’s five split weeks with one home game and one away.
Gonzaga is 9-1 all-time against the Pacific Tigers of Stockton, California, and Bulldogs’ head coach Mark Few is unbeaten in seven matchups.
The key matchup in Saturday’s game between Gonzaga and Pacific in Stockton, California.
In more ways than one, the Gonzaga women will need to rebound Saturday afternoon.
Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis combined for 49 points to lead Gonzaga past Pacific 90-68 Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs (20-6, 12-2) host the Pacific Tigers (7-17, 5-9) at 6 p.m. tonight.
Calvin Hermanson scored 16 and Saint Mary’s notched its ninth straight 20-win season with a 68-62 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday night in Moraga, California.
Alec Kobre scored 17 points and T.J. Wallace added 15, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, to lead Pacific to a 77-72 upset of BYU on Saturday in Provo, Utah, snapping the Cougars’ 17-game home winning streak.
STOCKTON, Calif. – They don’t grade college basketball games on style points. That’s a good thing for Gonzaga, which didn’t have its ‘A’ game most of the way but finished strong in a 71-61 victory over Pacific on Saturday afternoon at Spanos Center.
Two nights after being fitted for the West Coast Conference crown, the Gonzaga women’s basketball team was upset 71-59 Saturday by visiting Pacific in the final home game for four Bulldogs seniors. The Tigers trailed by four at halftime and 11 at one point in the second half before a 27-4 scoring stretch gave them the lead for good and ended Gonzaga’s 16-game winning streak.
STOCKTON, Calif. – Kyle Wiltjer’s 22 first-half points provided Gonzaga with an early cushion. Turns out he was just getting warmed up. Wiltjer poured in 45 points, third on school’s single-game list and the most by a Zag since Frank Burgess’ school-record 52 in 1961, to lead No. 3 Gonzaga to an 86-74 win over scrappy Pacific in front of 5,672 Thursday at Spanos Center.