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

Field Level Media
26 Jan 2020, 15:40 GMT+10

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.

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.

--Field Level Media

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