PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Malachi Smith led six gamers by double digits with a season-high 23 factors, and No. 6 Gonzaga used an enormous first half to beat Portland State 102-78 Thursday evening within the opening spherical of the Phil Knight Legacy match.
The Bulldogs (4-1) led the primary half by 27 factors, held a 55-31 lead at halftime and withstood a sloppy second half.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few mentioned he let his gamers pay attention to video games earlier within the day when Portland No. 1 scared North Carolina and No. 8 Duke of Oregon State was virtually upset.
“There are good teams out here, if you’re not quite ready or at your best, you can bolt. I think that actually helped solidify our approach,” Few mentioned.
Smith was the Southern Conference Player of the Year at Chattanooga final season however has but to have a serious capturing sport with the Zags. That lastly occurred in opposition to the Vikings as Smith made 9 of 12 pictures and all 5 of his 3-point makes an attempt.
“I’m just trying to be ready whenever my number gets called and whatever I’m asked for,” Smith mentioned.
Drew Timme scored 18 factors and the one shot he missed was a dunk try halfway by the second half. Rasir Bolton had 14 factors and a career-high eight assists, whereas Julian Strawther, Anton Watson and Hunter Sallis all completed with 10. Gonzaga shot 60% for the sport.
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Jorell Saterfield led Portland State (2-3) with 21 factors and Cameron Parker added 16. After an sudden win at Oregon State, the Vikings hung with the Zags for about 10 minutes earlier than Gonzaga acquired rolling.
Portland State was solely 18-16 behind after Isiah Kirby’s layup, however Gonzaga scored 32 of the subsequent 41 factors and it was a mixture of all the important thing figures that contributed. Timme had just a few baskets. Bolton had seven factors. Smith hit a trio of 3s.
Gonzaga shot 66% within the first half, had three gamers in double figures earlier than the break.
“They are superb at recognizing the defensive errors and one thing like that occurred within the first half. … They went on and it was laborious for our boys to recuperate,” said Portland State coach Jace Coburn.
But the second-half performance clearly didn’t suit Few, who were particularly frustrated by some sloppiness. The Bulldogs had the majority of their starters on the ground well into the second half. Portland State cut the deficit to 16 on a couple of occasions but couldn’t get any closer.
“We challenged our crew they usually responded and felt like we did it within the second half,” Coburn mentioned.
Portland State: The Vikings led 2-1 in this tournament five years ago, scared Duke in the opening round and beat Stanford on the last day. These Vikings would like to achieve a similar result this time.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs will have a big challenge at 7-foot-4 Purdue center Zach Edey in the semifinals. Timme probably won’t have it as easy as he did against Portland State, but he had 22 points and seven rebounds in last week’s win over Kentucky.
Portland State: Plays West Virginia in a consolation game on Friday.
Gonzaga: Faces Purdue #24 in Friday’s semifinals.
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