SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Filip Petrusev was self-confident he could rating just about every time he obtained the ball for No. 2 Gonzaga on the minimal block no make a difference protection Santa Clara tried using. He nearly did, also.
And irrespective of getting an additional hit to their roster, the Bulldogs held rolling.
Petrusev experienced a career-substantial 31 factors and nine rebounds and Gonzaga pulled away late in the 2nd 50 percent and conquer Santa Clara 87-72 on Thursday night time.
”I realized 1 person could not cease me,” Petrusev stated. ”If the double was late, I just took edge of it. Or if they by no means sent a double, I just acquire my time and get to my shift. Easy as that.”
Ryan Woolridge added 13 factors and six assists and Drew Timme scored 11 factors to assist the Bulldogs get their 14th straight and continue to be unbeaten in the West Coastline Conference.
Killian Tillie to a minimal left ankle sprain in the initial 50 percent. The ahead is averaging 13-plus factors for every recreation.” data-reactid=”36″>Gonzaga (22-1, eight- WCC) received the recreation, but shed Killian Tillie to a minimal left ankle sprain in the initial 50 percent. The ahead is averaging 13-plus factors for every recreation.
”We started off the yr minimal on bodies. We are seriously minimal on bodies (now),” Bulldogs mentor Mark Couple of stated.
Gonzaga shed a massive component of its offense when Tillie went down midway via the initial 50 percent immediately after blocking a shot by Williams. Tillie instantly clutched his left leg and remained down for various moments ahead of getting helped off the courtroom. He afterwards returned to the Bulldogs bench with a towel draped around his head.
Petrusev a lot more than designed up for it with the most important recreation of his career. The 6-foot-11-inch Serbian shot 14 of eighteen whilst helping Gonzaga to a sixty two-forty edge in the paint.
Josip Vrankic experienced 15 factors and twelve rebounds for Santa Clara (seventeen-6, 4-4) and DJ Mitchell scored seventeen factors.
Petrusev regularly conquer the Broncos inside, backing down his defender ahead of turning for a shorter shot as the Bulldogs crafted a sixty seven-fifty two lead midway via the 2nd 50 percent.
”That was plainly the variation in the recreation, their means to rating in the paint,” Santa Clara mentor Herb Sendek stated. ”We did not have a very good respond to for that irrespective of hoping a pair different strategies. Petrusev is seriously very good down there.”
Williams and Vrankic almost rallied Santa Clara. Williams grabbed a free ball and raced in for a dunk, then scored off a putback. Vrankic tipped in a pass up then scored down minimal to lower the hole to seventy three-sixty six.
Petrusev stopped the operate with back-to-back baskets.
”He’s finished a terrific task offering on the minimal block,” Couple of stated. ”He’s seriously finished a nice task there. He threw out to shooters these days. Even if we did not shoot it, we have been capable to drive and shut out. We obtained some very good motion on that.”
Gonzaga led comfortably most of the initial 50 percent, but went cold for a three-moment stretch. That permitted Santa Clara to make its finest operate.
Williams and Wertz designed back-to-back three-tips and immediately after Petrusev scored 4 straight for Gonzaga. Mitchell followed with a three-pointer to lower the lead to 38-36.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs received their 21st straight in opposition to the Broncos, but this 1 was much tighter than the fifty-place rout two weeks in the past. The massive concern is Tillie, who currently skipped six games immediately after offseason knee surgical treatment. His most current harm could continue to keep him out lengthier. Couple of stated Tillie will be reevaluated on Friday.
Santa Clara: The Broncos looked much a lot more in sync than they did in Spokane when they shed 104-fifty four. They did pass up several open up shots, especially further than the arc, and individuals have been high-priced. Trey Wertz experienced an off night time scoring and that did not assist.
STREAKS AND STREAKS
Gonzaga has received 36 consecutive convention highway games, the longest streak by any Division I group around the very last 30 seasons according to Elias Sports Bureau. Total the Bulldogs have received 14 straight on the highway.
Gonzaga: Plays at San Francisco on Saturday. The Bulldogs have received sixteen straight in opposition to the Dons.
Santa Clara: Plays at Portland on Saturday.
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