Gonzaga 80, Portland 68
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Derek Raivio scored 19 points and Gonzaga rebounded from a surprising conference loss last week to beat Portland 80-68 on Monday night.
Sean Mallon had 17 points and six rebounds while Josh Heytvelt added 14 points for the Bulldogs, who led by as many as 17 points.
Portland narrowed it to 62-54 on Taishi Ito’s 3-pointer. Sherrard Watson then hit one of two free throws for Portland, but Gonzaga answered with Mallon’s layup and Jeremy Pargo’s short jumper.
Gonzaga (13-7, 4-1 West Coast Conference) was coming off its first league loss in nearly two years. St. Mary’s defeated the Bulldogs 80-75 last Monday.
The Bulldogs had a string of 30 straight victories over WCC opponents, including tournament play. They had not lost a conference game since a 73-70 defeat at San Francisco on Jan. 20, 2005.
Raivio entered as the conference’s leading scorer at 19.3 points per game. His father, Rick, was a standout player at Portland and remains the school’s career rebounding leader.
Portland (6-15, 2-3) has lost three straight under first-year coach Eric Reveno, a former Stanford assistant. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak at home.
Pilots top scorer Darren Cooper did not start because of a sore knee and toe but finished with 17 points. Ito had 15 points.
Portland cut it to 20-18 in the first half, but Raivio hit consecutive 3-pointers to widen the gap.
Mallon had a 3-pointer followed by a long jumper to give the Bulldogs a 33-22 lead, quieting Portland’s fans. Gonzaga led 37-22 at halftime.
Among those in the sold-out crowd was former Gonzaga star Dan Dickau, now with the Portland Trail Blazers.