It was an interesting situation for both teams. Portland and Gonzaga played each other in Spokane on Saturday night, and this game was the rescheduled makeup game from earlier in the month when Portland turned into a frozen hellhole wasteland.
Zach Collins led the Zags with 13 points, which tells you just about what you need to on this one. Every single player that hit the floor for the Zags outside of Dustin Triano and Rem Bakamus scored points, with Silas Melson and Jordan Mathews each adding 12 points and Johnathan Williams 10.
Nigel Williams-Goss shook off any worries of an injured hip, starting the game and playing 26 minutes. In that regard, Gonzaga nation collectively took a deep breath.
It wasn’t all good, however. Killian Tillie went down landed awkwardly and clutched his ankle. He could hardly, if at all, put any weight on it as he left the game and sat for the rest of the contest.
Mark Few says Tillie's ankle injury is a bad sprain but it will be evaluated back in Spokane. #Zags— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) January 24, 2017
It was another stellar defensive effort from the Zags, who locked the reeling Pilots down for much of the contest. Portland finished shooting just about 36 percent, and Jazz Johnson finished with 15 points, but needed 14 shots to get there. Without Alec Wintering, the Pilots season is basically done, which is unfortunate for the squad considering how much conference play is left.
I’ll keep this one short, because the proximity of the game against Portland 48 hours before sort of sucked the fun out of this win, but the Zags are 20-0, and until they lose, we can continue to say they are the only team that has their record.
Up next, the Zags take on San Diego at home and then Pepperdine on the road. Ken Pomeroy gives Gonzaga a 99.6 percent shot of winning both of those games, because apparently saying 100 percent is just too damn cocky.