Gonzaga rides strong second half to win over Portland

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Gonzaga will face Tennessee this Decemeber in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden

PORTLAND, Oreg. — The number one ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs responded in the second half to come back and beat Portland on the road 85-72 Thursday night to open WCC play.

The first half didn’t go as planned as the Pilots were hitting tough shots everywhere on the way to a seven point halftime lead.

After the break Gonzaga turned up the defense and it led to a number of fast break buckets and open looks from behind the arc.

All five starters finished with double-digit scoring led by Killian Tillie with 22 points.

With the win, Gonzaga improves to 15-1 on the season, and 1-0 in West Coast Conference play.

Next up is a home game against Pepperdine Saturday night at 7pm.