January 26, 2020 / 5:33 AM / 24 days ago

Tillie leads No. 2 Gonzaga to another easy win over Pacific

Killian Tillie matched his season high of 22 points, collected eight rebounds and equaled his career high of four blocked shots to help second-ranked Gonzaga roll to a 92-59 victory over Pacific on Saturday in West Coast Conference play in Spokane, Wash.

Jan 25, 2020; Spokane, Washington, USA; Pacific Tigers guard Austin Vereen (1) shoots against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Filip Petrusev (3) in the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Corey Kispert scored 16 points and Filip Petrusev added 15 for Gonzaga (21-1, 7-0), which stretched the nation’s longest home-court winning streak to 35. Ryan Woolridge scored 11 points while Joel Ayayi and Admon Gilder tallied 10 apiece.

The Bulldogs also extended their record of consecutive WCC regular-season victories to 34. Gonzaga has won its past five games by an average of 35 points.

Jahlil Tripp scored 21 points for the Tigers (15-8, 3-4), who lost their third straight game and fourth in the past five. Pierre Crockrell II added 10 points for Pacific, which dropped its 15th consecutive contest against Gonzaga and is 1-17 all-time in the series.

Tillie was 9 of 11 shooting and made 4 of 5 3-point shots as the Bulldogs were 9 of 18 from long range. Overall, Gonzaga shot 56.9 percent from the field.

The Tigers shot just 35.5 percent from the field and were 5 of 17 from 3-point range.

Daniss Jenkins scored a basket for the first second-half points to draw Pacific within 48-35.

The Bulldogs answered with nine straight points and 18 of the next 20 to take a 29-point lead. Kispert capped the spurt with two free throws to make it 66-37 with 14:27 remaining.

The Tigers scored the next seven points to move within 22 before Gonzaga went on a 17-2 burst. Ayayi made two free throws to push the lead to 30 for the first time and Tillie followed with a 3-pointer to make it 79-46 with 7:06 left.

The spurt ended with a layup by Gilder to make it 83-46 with six minutes remaining.

The Bulldogs’ lead topped out at 38.

Tillie scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first half and Petrusev added 12 on 5-of-7 shooting as Gonzaga held a 48-33 lead at the break. The Bulldogs shot 64.5 percent while Tripp scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting as Pacific shot 50 percent.

Gonzaga ripped off an 18-2 burst to open up a 22-6 advantage with 13:31 left in the half.

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