SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Steven Gray scored 18 points to help
Gonzaga hold off a late Portland comeback to win 74-61 on Saturday
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