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Gonzaga beats Portland 74-61

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Steven Gray scored 18 points to help

Gonzaga hold off a late Portland comeback to win 74-61 on Saturday

night.

Gray led a balanced scoring attack for Gonzaga (11-5) in the

West Coast Conference opener for both teams. Robert Sacre and

Mathis Monninghoff scored nine points apiece for the Bulldogs.

Nemanja Mitrovic led Portland (12-4) with 16 points. Eric

Waterford had 12 and Luke Sikma added 10 for the Pilots. Portland

shot 52.2 percent from the field, made 7 of 12 3-pointers but were

doomed by 20 turnovers.

Gonzaga led by as many as 18 points but Portland clawed its way

back, trailing by just three with 7:13 left. The Bulldogs secured

the win by ending the game on an 18-8 run.

The Bulldogs hit 41.8 percent of their shots, including 9 of 25

3-pointers and made seven more free-throws than the Pilots

attempted.

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