Perkins Sinks Late Shot To Push Gonzaga Over Montana 61-58 - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA

Perkins Sinks Late Shot To Push Gonzaga Over Montana 61-58

By Gonzaga Athletics:

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis each scored 16 points and No. 20 Gonzaga held off Montana 61-58 Tuesday night.

Josh Perkins hit a jumper with 38 seconds left to put Gonzaga back in the lead before Wiltjer made two free throws with 7.5 seconds left for the final points of the game. A 3-point attempt by Montana's Brandon Gfeller bounced off the front rim as time expired.

Sabonis had 10 rebounds and Wiltjer nine for the Bulldogs (6-2). Perkins scored 13 points and Eric McClellan had 11.

Martin Breunig led Montana (3-4) with 20 points, 18 coming after halftime. Walter Wright added 14 points.

Gonzaga shot 40 percent from the field and Montana hit just 36.1 percent.

Gonzaga trailed 11-9 before holding Montana without a point for six minutes during an 8-0 run.

The Bulldogs led 29-23 at the break and scored the opening basket of the second half. Montana took the lead with a 12-0 run, when Gonzaga missed seven shots and had four turnovers.

The Grizzlies then missed their next seven shots, and Gonzaga's 8-0 run pushed the Bulldogs ahead 39-35.

Gfeller, who scored nine points, tied the game with a 3-pointer with 1:07 to go. Jack Lopez was fouled at the same time and sank two free throws to give Montana a 58-56 lead. In the final minute, Perkins sank one of two free throws before hitting a jumper prior to Wiltjer's final free throws.

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