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Gonzaga extends home win streak over Dons to 24 games

Coach Mark Few was pleased with No. 10 Gonzaga's effort in its 24th straight win at home against San Francisco — well, for most of...

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SPOKANE — Coach Mark Few was pleased with No. 10 Gonzaga's effort in its 24th straight win at home against San Francisco — well, for most of the game.

"For 30 minutes, I thought we played really, really good basketball," he said after a 66-52 win Saturday night. "We did a great job on the defensive end. We took great care of the ball."

The Bulldogs shot 58 percent in the first half, built a 24-point lead at one point, but were only 8 of 27 in the second half.

"I didn't like the way we finished that game, no," Few added. "I think we let it slip. Especially that last group we had in there. We can't feel good about the lead going from 20 to 14."

Kelly Olynyk scored 13 points for Gonzaga, which hasn't lost at home to San Francisco since the 1988-89 season.

Elias Harris had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (19-2, 6-0 West Coast Conference) and Kevin Pangos added 11 points. Gonzaga made 45 percent of its shots and was 8 of 20 from three-point range.

"He's (Harris) been very, very engaged," Few said. "He's been really dialed in. He's playing like an athlete, and that's how he needs to play. He's doing a great job on the glass on both ends."

Chris Adams led San Francisco (9-12, 2-6) with nine points and Avry Holmes scored eight. The Dons turned the ball over 17 times and were 9 of 24 from behind the arc.

Gonzaga built a 43-21 halftime lead, but had a sloppy start to the second half. The Bulldogs made only one basket in the first four minutes.

San Francisco connected on three three-pointers, two by Adams, in the first six minutes.

The home crowd went quiet after the Bulldogs missed 8 of 11 shots to start the second half.

But Dons weren't able to capitalize. San Francisco struggled to put together back-to-back baskets and Gonzaga held on.

"We got good shots, but the shots in the first half were just so bad, quite honestly," San Francisco coach Rex Walters said. "Our quality of shot was a lot better in the second half."

Gonzaga controlled the paint, holding a 37-33 rebounding advantage. The Dons have been outrebounded in eight straight games.

Gonzaga is 115-8 in McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

SAN FRANCISCO (9-12) — Christiansen 3-5 0-0 6, Adams 3-6 0-0 9, Dickerson 0-4 0-0 0, Derksen 1-5 0-0 3, Doolin 3-6 1-2 7, Hoffmann 0-3 0-0 0, Holmes 3-4 0-0 8, Xu 1-3 1-2 3, Parker 3-6 1-4 7, Tollefsen 2-2 0-0 6, Rogers 1-7 0-0 3. Totals 20-51 3-8 52.

GONZAGA (19-2) — Dranginis 0-4 3-4 3, Pangos 5-9 0-0 11, Bell, Jr. 3-8 0-0 8, Olynyk 5-12 2-3 13, Harris 5-11 1-3 12, Stockton 2-3 0-0 5, Karnowski 1-4 0-0 2, Hart 0-0 0-1 0, Dower 3-5 0-0 6, Barham 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 26-58 6-11 66.

Halftime — Gonzaga 43-21. Three-point goals — San Francisco 9-24 (Adams 3-6, Tollefsen 2-2, Holmes 2-3, Derksen 1-2, Rogers 1-4, Doolin 0-1, Parker 0-1, Dickerson 0-2, Hoffmann 0-3), Gonzaga 8-20 (Barham 2-2, Bell, Jr. 2-7, Olynyk 1-1, Harris 1-2, Stockton 1-2, Pangos 1-2, Dower 0-1, Dranginis 0-3). Fouled out — Dickerson. Rebounds — San Francisco 33 (Rogers 6), Gonzaga 37 (Harris 11). Assists — San Francisco 8 (Doolin 3), Gonzaga 15 (Stockton 4). Total fouls — San Francisco 17, Gonzaga 10. A — 6,000.


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