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Portland takes rare win against Gonzaga

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Portland's long drought against perennial West Coast Conference power Gonzaga ended in convincing fashion Thursday as the Pilots stunned the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs, 82-73, at Chiles Center.

Portland put a halt to a slew of streaks in the wire-to-wire surprise.

The Pilots (10-7, 2-3 WCC) upended the Bulldogs for the first time in nearly 10 years, recorded their first home victory against them since 1996 and snapped Gonzaga's 22-game conference winning streak.

They did it behind a scorching 51.9 percent shooting effort and five double- digit scorers. Bryce Pressley led the way with 16 points, Alec Wintering added 14, Kevin Bailey netted 13 and Bobby Sharp and Thomas van der Mars checked in with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Sam Dower paced Gonzaga (14-3, 4-1) with 14 points, while Kevin Pangos added 12 in the rare league setback. The Bulldogs came in as the nation's best 3- point shooting team at 44.3 percent, but made just 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from long range in front of a mixed crowd.

Portland, which had dropped three of its first four WCC tests, showed right from the opening tip it wasn't going to be a usual cakewalk for the Bulldogs, as the Pilots scored on their first five possessions in jumping out to an 11-3 lead.

An 11-2 stretch later in the opening half stretched the Pilots' lead to 34-21, though Gonzaga scored eight consecutive points spanning the two halves to cut its deficit to 39-35.

The Pilots took the blow and responded in kind with 14 of the next 16 points to regain control. Bailey capped the flurry by rebounding his own miss and putting it back while being fouled. The ensuing free throw with 13:46 left had Portland on top, 53-37, and the closest Gonzaga got from there was seven.

Pressley and Sharp hit from behind the arc on consecutive possessions for a 69-52 Portland lead with just over six minutes to play, and even though there were plenty of Gonzaga fans in attendance, the Portland student body justifiably rushed the floor at the sound of the final buzzer.

Game Notes

Portland last beat Gonzaga on Feb. 19, 2003 ... Mark Few fell to 27-2 as Gonzaga's head coach against Portland ... Gonzaga came in averaging 82.9 points per game ... This was Gonzaga's second true road test of the season ... Portland had lost 11 in a row against ranked opponents, last defeating No. 22 Minnesota in 2009.

01/10 01:29:17 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR