No. 2 Gonzaga whips Portland


SPOKANE — The second-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs completed a perfect West Coast Conference run Saturday with a 20th consecutive victory over the Portland Pilots, 81-52, at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Kelly Olynyk supplied 15 points with 11 rebounds and Elias Harris scored 20 for the Bulldogs (29-2, 16-0 WCC), who could potentially claim their first- ever No. 1 national ranking when the latest polls are released Monday.

Gonzaga, which had already secured its 10th outright WCC title, closed out the regular season on a 12-game winning streak.

Derrick Rodgers paced Portland (11-20, 4-12) with 10 points, while Ryan Nicholas finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

Gonzaga opened the game with a Kevin Pangos 3-pointer and a dunk by Harris. The Pilots fought back and went up 9-7, but the Bulldogs ran off 13 straight points to take control.

Gary Bell Jr. hit one of his four 3-pointers of the day later on to push Gonzaga’s lead to 31-14, and the Bulldogs took a 46-27 advantage into the break.

The Pilots fell behind by as many as 34 in the second half.