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No. 8 Gonzaga hammers Portland, 71-49

Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and eight rebounds and the Bulldogs (17-1) extended the school's best start with an easy victory over Portland.

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PORTLAND — A bit of foul trouble for 7-foot center Kelly Olynyk didn't faze Gonzaga.

The eighth-ranked Bulldogs pitched in for the West Coast Conference's top scorer when he collected two fouls in the first half against the Portland Pilots.

Olynyk came back strong in the second half, finishing with 21 points and eight rebounds in Gonzaga's 71-49 victory Thursday night.

"It happens to everyone," Olynyk shrugged. "You never want to be in foul trouble but you've got to play through it. That's why you have a team of 12."

Olynyk had just one basket and played only 6 minutes in the first half. The rocky start came after two straight games with more than 30 points.

"They have the No. 1 frontcourt in the country," Portland coach Eric Reveno said. "We forced them to go to Plan B, and their Plan B is almost as good as Plan A."

Kevin Pangos added 14 points, including four three-pointers, for Gonzaga (17-1, 4-0 WCC), as the Bulldogs extended the best start in school history with an eight-game winning streak.

Kevin Bailey had 16 points for the Pilots (8-11, 1-3) who trailed by as many as 21 and dropped their 19th straight game in the series with the Zags.

The Bulldogs have not lost since falling 85-74 to then-No. 13 Illinois on Dec. 8 in Spokane. They were coming off an 83-78 victory over St. Mary's on Saturday, which pulled them up a spot in the AP Top 25, the team's highest ranking since Dec. 22, 2008, when they were No. 7.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few was asked if this Gonzaga team is the best he's coached — a tall order for someone who has taken the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament the past 13 seasons.

"That's yet to be determined," he said.

Portland's last victory over Gonzaga came in 2003.

GONZAGA (17-1) — Olynyk 8-9 5-6 21, Harris 5-16 0-0 10, Pangos 5-9 0-0 14, Bell, Jr. 1-2 0-0 3, Hart 2-4 0-0 4, Dranginis 0-0 0-0 0, Edi 2-3 2-2 7, Stockton 0-3 1-3 1, Karnowski 0-3 0-0 0, Dower 1-5 0-0 2, Barham 3-4 0-0 9. Totals 27-58 8-11 71.

PORTLAND (8-11) — K. Bailey 7-9 2-5 16, van der Mars 0-1 0-0 0, Nicholas 2-5 2-2 7, Rodgers 2-6 0-0 4, Thieleke 0-5 2-2 2, Pressley 1-2 0-0 2, Riley 0-0 0-0 0, J. Bailey 0-1 0-0 0, Ehlers 0-0 0-0 0, Barker 1-3 0-0 2, Ahern 1-4 2-2 4, Reinfelds 4-8 2-2 12. Totals 18-44 10-13 49.

Halftime — Gonzaga 36-26. Three-point goals — Gonzaga 9-21 (Pangos 4-8, Barham 3-4, Edi 1-1, Bell, Jr. 1-2, Harris 0-1, Dower 0-1, Hart 0-2, Stockton 0-2), Portland 3-10 (Reinfelds 2-4, Nicholas 1-1, Pressley 0-1, Ahern 0-1, Rodgers 0-1, Barker 0-1, K. Bailey 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Gonzaga 36 (Harris 9), Portland 22 (Nicholas 8). Assists — Gonzaga 13 (Stockton 4), Portland 8 (Reinfelds 3). Total fouls — Gonzaga 15, Portland 17. A — 4,852.

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