No. 2 Gonzaga dominates Pacific 92-59 with six Bulldogs scoring in double figures

Filip Petrusev leads Gonzaga past Pepperdine in Malibu
Filip Petrusev leads Gonzaga past Pepperdine in Malibu

SPOKANE, Wash. — Filip Petrusev was questionable before No. 2 Gonzaga hosted Pacific Saturday night, but when the two tipped off, there were no questions about his game. The Zags’ leading scorer started 5-7 from the floor and had 12 points by halftime.

Killian Tillie continued to be an offensive juggernaut for the Bulldogs in West Coast Conference play, scoring 17 by halftime and 22 overall.

Another common theme? Six players scoring in double figures again. Petrusev finished with 15, Corey Kisert with 16, Joel Ayayi with 10, Ryan Woolridge with 11 and Admon Gilder Jr. with 10.

It appears almost no team can hang with Gonzaga when they’re shooting numbers like 64.5% from two in that first half, and 62.5% from three. They built a 48-33 lead over the Tigers after 20 minutes.

In the second half, a 17-4 run helped the Bulldogs put the game out of Pacific’s reach, who has wins over Saint Mary’s and Pepperdine.

The defense held Jahlil Tripp to a much less efficient second frame, as he single-handedly kept the Tigers in the game in the first half with 17 points. He ended up with 21.

Woes continue at the charity stripe for Gonzaga. They made it to the free throw line often, but only cashed in on 17 out of 29 attempts for 58.7%.

The Zags had blown out their last four conference opponents by an average of 35.5 points before taking down Pacific by 33. The closest victory is still their second WCC game, a 75-70 win at home over Pepperdine.

Another road trip starts for Gonzaga next Thursday at Santa Clara, and at San Francisco on Saturday.